A new automated “lie detector” run by artificial intelligence will is being set up at certain EU border control checkpoints.
Gizmodo reports that an animated AI border agent system labeled iBorderCtrl will be used on travelers in Hungary, Latvia and Greece.
“We’re employing existing and proven technologies — as well as novel ones — to empower border agents to increase the accuracy and efficiency of border checks,” George Boultadakis, project coordinator for European Dynamics wrote on the European Commission’s website. “iBorderCtrl’s system will collect data that will move beyond biometrics and on to biomarkers of deceit.”
The system will record traveler’s faces while the AI analyzes 38 micro gestures and scores each response. While another part of the system will employ fingerprinting, palm vein scanning and face matching.
New Scientist reports the virtual agent shown will be customized based on the traveler’s gender, ethnicity and language.
The European Commission claims the goal of the program is to help manage the “huge volume of travelers and vehicles,” which makes it difficult for agents to “uphold strict security protocols – checking the travel documents and biometrics of every passenger.”
The system is also being heralded as a way to “secure land border crossings to facilitate the work of border guards in spotting illegal immigrants, and so contribute to the prevention of crime and terrorism.”