Can we trust artificial intelligence lie detectors?

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How good are you at lying? Could you fool a friend? How about a machine? We’ve recently learned that the EU is about to start trailing an artificially intelligent machine, or as the bloc calls it “deception detection”, which is supposed to be able to detect if someone is lying at border control.

This got us wondering about lying – and about how we learn to lie. Could an intelligent machine pick up on subtle clues and cues, and if so, can we trust its judgment?

In this special collaboration between the Guardian’s Science Weekly and Chips with Everything podcasts, Graihagh Jackson and Jordan Erica Webber are joined by the social and forensic psychologist Dr Paul Seager from the University of Central Lancashire and Dr Keeley Crockett, a reader in computational intelligence from Manchester Metropolitan University. Together, they discuss deceit and ask whether we could build intelligent machines to detect our lies.


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