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Don’t lie to the digital customs agent

November 2, 2018.


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The European Union has launched the iBorderCtrl project to further monitor third-country nationals who want to cross the borders of the Schengen area. Users will interact with a digital border guard that will direct them to enter their passports and visas for digitization and ask them the usual questions. Using AI, the system will analyse the user’s microexpressions to determine whether they’re lying. iBorderCtrl will evaluate the risk that the traveler poses and will decide whether to issue them a QR code that will let them pass through. A six-month trial will soon take place at four border crossing points in Hungary, Greece and Latvia. For the first subjects in this experiment, it’s likely that the experience will be as--if not more--stressful than it was when dealing with a human border guard.

Mashable, “AI lie detector to be trialled at border control points in the EU.”