COMING TO A CHECKPOINT NEAR EU: TRIALS OF AI LIE-DETECTOR BORDER GUARD UNDERWAY IN THREE EU STATES | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


COMING TO A CHECKPOINT NEAR EU: TRIALS OF AI LIE-DETECTOR BORDER GUARD UNDERWAY IN THREE EU STATES

Trials are underway of an EU-funded scheme where AI lie-detector systems will be used to scan potentially dodgy travelers coming from outside the bloc. Too Orwellian? Or just the latest step towards smoother travel?

Commencing from November 1, the iBorderCtrl system will be in place at four border crossing points in Hungary, Latvia and Greece with countries outside EU. It aims to facilitate faster border crossings for travelers while weeding out potential criminals or illegal crossings.

Like all AI technologies in their infancy, the system is still highly experimental and with a current success rate of 76 percent, it won’t be actually preventing anyone from crossing the border during its six month trial. But developers of the system are “quite confident” that accuracy can be boosted to 85 percent with the fresh data.

However, greater concern comes from civil liberties groups who have previously warned about the gross inaccuracies found in systems based on machine-learning, especially ones that use facial recognition software.

In July, the head of London’s Metropolitan Police stood by trials of automated facial recognition (AFR) technology in parts of the city, despite reports that the AFR system had a 98 percent false positive rate, resulting in only two accurate matches.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but how in heaven's name can a 98% "false positive rating" ever possibly be interpreted as "a good thing" for London police?!?

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