Artificial intelligence will guard the borders of the EU

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

Artificial intelligence will guard the borders of the EU

The Hungarian National Police will be setting up a system, called iBorderCtrl, at four different border crossing points.

Travelers to Hungary, Latvia, and Greece will be given a lie detector test-conducted by computer-animated border agent.

iBorderCtrl uses AI to facilitate faster border crossings for travellers by having users fill out an online application and upload some documents, such as their passport, before a virtual border guard takes over to ask some questions.

The system utilizes "micro-expressions of travelers to figure out if the interviewee is lying", according to the European Commission's website. Travelers will have to answer in front of the camera, and the system will analyze and evaluate dozens of microdelivery.

"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", said project coordinator George Boultadakis of European Dynamics in Luxembourg. The EU has invested a considerable amount of money in the project, nearly $5 million.

"Travellers who have been flagged as low-risk during the pre-screening stage will go through a short re-evaluation of their information for entry, while higher-risk passengers will undergo a more detailed check", the European Union says. After that, the person will face a human guard for a more detailed check.

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.

The results are then sent to a border official, who will be able to review the submitted passenger information on a handheld device, along with other information, such as various biometrics, pictures taken of the visitors during previous crossings, and the aforementioned lie detection analysis.

Of course, there's the question of how accurate a system like this could be. iBorderCtrl is still in its early stages, and a team member told New Scientist that early testing provided a 76 percent success rate, but believe this could be raised to 85 percent.

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