AI lie detectors to be tested by the EU at border points

AI ‘lie detector’ test to scrutinize travelers’ faces for certain EU border checkpoints

A border control bot will start scanning faces for lies in the EU

The first countries to test the system will be Greece, Latvia and Hungary, officials said. Then, the virtual border guard starts to ask questions.

IBORDERCTRL, being trialled in three countries chosen for their borders with countries not in the European Union, is aimed at delivering more efficient and secure land border crossings to help border guards spot illegal immigrants, thus helping prevent crime and terrorism. Travelers fill out an online application and upload documentation, such as passport images. The aim of the project is to speed up traffic at the EU's external borders.

The software will be equipped with "deception detection" which will analyses the micro-expressions of travellers to figure out if the interviewee is lying.

Once at the border, folks flagged as low risk go through a short re-evaluation before entry; higher-risk passengers undergo a more detailed check.

"Artificial intelligence" lie detector programs will be tested on people arriving at airports in Hungary, Greece and Latvia, under a new, EU-funded pilot scheme created to partially automate the bloc's border control. The AI is capable of analyzing 38 micro-gestures and will score each response accordingly.

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"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", project coordinator George Boultadakis of European Dynamics in Luxembourg, said in a statement.

Earlier this week, researchers from the Cardiff University and the Charles III University of Madrid revealed VeriPol, an artificial intelligence system which is now being used across Spain by law enforcement to detect fake reports of criminal activity. If there's additional concern, their biometric data will be taken, and be handed off to a human agent who will assess the case.

"After the traveler's documents have been reassessed, and fingerprinting, palm vein scanning and face matching have been carried out, the potential risk posed by the traveler will be recalculated".

The program is highly experimental and early based testing of a previous iteration as it only had a success rate of 80%.

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