It has been reported a group of researchers are quietly commercialising an artificial intelligence-driven lie detector, which they hope will be the future of airport security. Discern Science International is the start-up behind a deception detection tool named the Avatar, which features a virtual border guard that asks travellers questions. The machine, which has been tested by border services and in airports, is designed to make the screening process at border security more efficient, and to weed out people with dangerous or illegal intentions more accurately than human guards are able to do. But its development also raises questions about whether a person’s propensity to lie can be accurately measured by an algorithm.
Hugo van den Toorn, Offensive Security Manager at Outpost24:
"Could a technology like this be at risk of getting hacked? This is absolutely a risk, like any technology but with a bigger potential fallout. Things that come to mind are: Manipulating/rewriting the code to alter the detection. Blocking off the traffic, so even though you are clearly lying, the Avatar cannot notify anyone. Or creeping into the brain of the Avatar, just to capture all the information it is processing. What kind of security risks should be considered? We need to be aware of both ‘offensive’ cyber-attacks against the Avatar and also the ‘digital’ development side of things."
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