Having a bad day? You might be a terrorist!

15 08 2006

An Israeli company has developed a booth that asks you questions and monitors your physical responses to those questions. It’s like a very advanced lie detector and they want to install it in all airports to screen passengers before boarding planes. Aside from the obvious similarities to Orwell’s thought police, the logistics of implementing this are mind boggling.

Even though his expertise is in human observation, U.S. behavior-recognition expert Dr. Ekman says projects like Cogito deserve a shot. He expects technology to advance even further, to devices like lasers that measure people’s vital signs from a distance. Within a year, he predicts, such technology will be able to tell whether someone’s “blood pressure or heart rate is significantly higher than the last 10 people” who entered an airport.

Civil liberties are becoming a thing of the past.




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