Mobile Phone Technology That Spots Liars

Lying is ubiquitous.

Nowadays, religion and fear of going to hell is not enough to stop millions of us from lying. We believe that lying is only bad when it confirmed. This led an enterprising group of biotechnology doctoral students, from a leading university in Europe to conduct a study and experiment on how to more easily detect lying. Their findings revealed that pupils of the eyes change for a few seconds after people tell a lie. Although some people can control their body movements and facial expressions when they lie, they cannot consciously control the changes in their eye pupils! The doctoral students decided to test out their findings in a much larger scale than the initial experiment done on one hundred university students.

The students knew that the device they must develop to detect lying must be as ubiquitous as liars themselves. So what is as ubiquitous today as lying? The answer came quickly, mobile phones! So Franciso Algrave (the group’s software engineer) decided to develop a software that can be easily uploaded on a mobile device that would roughly calculate the change in eye pupil. Person A simply needs to take a picture of the face of Person B with his camera phone when person B is “not speaking or communicating with someone”. Another picture must be taken just after the person responds to the question. The first picture taken for comparison need only to be taken once and can be saved on the phone for future use.

Mobile Truth or Dare?

After using a few volunteers, the technology quickly gained notoriety in campus and

more than 7,000 students downloaded the application from the university website.

It has become part of student pop culture as mobile truth or dare games are often played in university parties. As of the moment, the technology is merely considered as a fun application.

Online Dating and Mobile Truth Technology?

Although, the group is still busy refining the software to make it more accurate since current accuracy only falls to about 80%; the group is now excited to develop other applications for their technology. The group is experimenting on calculations to assess the honesty of people from their web cam videos. How would we know from their video introductions that people are serious about getting into long-term relationships or marriage? How are you sure that the people are not just saying those lovely things, for a quick fling?

A sample group of 20 people were asked to create video introductions and randomly instructed to tell a lie or tell a truth. In order to increase the accuracy to 90%, the group is also currently studying how to develop applications that will make use of both voice technology and eye technology to determine the honesty of web cam video communications.

Mobile Truth Technology for Parents?

Can moms used this technology to know whether their kids are skipping school? having sex? having unprotected sex? or dabbling in drugs? The group is hesitant to market their technology to parents since they are aware that trust and traditional communication methods of “regular conversation with your love ones” is still the best parenting technology.

The group is both excited and hesitant about their work on mobile truth technology. Is technology the way to go to stamp down on the viral culture of lying today? Or should spirituality and religion take a more effective leadership role?