Researchers aim to automate lie detection

Certain environments, such as court rooms, require participants to detect falsehoods quickly and easily in order for them to function effectively.

Suffice to say, traditional methods such as the polygraph are prone to high levels of errors, but researchers believe a new automated approach can prove considerably more effective.

The system has been trained to use video footage from real court cases and considers things such as the words used and gestures made during speeches.  When the system was put through its paces, it proved accurate roughly 75% of the time, thus providing a more accurate means of detecting lies than human observers.

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