Police cameras to be augmented with junk-science "microexpression" AI lie-detectors

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/06/30/what-no-blockchain.html

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How to defeat this “lie detector”:

Step 1: Don’t be autistic.

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Step 2: don’t be black

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https://www.huffpost.com/entry/heres-why-facial-recognition-tech-cant-figure-out-black-people_n_56d5c2b1e4b0bf0dab3371eb

Algorithmic racism

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Software is so bad at performing its job the police hire it immediately.

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As with anything which is imperceptible to an outsider but asserted as real by those in the know, this is complete nonsense on the level of the emperor’s new clothes.

And I’m sure there are plenty of jobs for people who are somehow able to perceive a threat where there is none, and kick up a fuss about it. The office of the witch-finder general is hiring.

However, I’m sure the blue gang are going to be all for it, as it functions as a probable cause generator.

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Stop resisting! Stop smiling insincerely! Gun! Gun! Gun!

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Step 3: Be rich (ideally with an orange face and a weird sculpted comb-over)

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Even if this worked (spoiler: it doesn’t) what it wants to be measuring is stress, fear or discomfort. All of which come part and parcel with police interactions. Especially if you are not a straight, white, well-to-do, cis male. But honestly, we all know that we are in a era where facts are disposable if inconvenient, so i expect these to become commonplace soon, and then to have convictions based upon their “findings.” Minority Report here we come.

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Had it done well, they would have been suspicious of it and refused to use it.

Yeah, like those field drug tests they continued using despite knowing that its absurdly high false positive rate made it worthless. Or the various witness interrogation/suspect identification techniques that were known to cause false identifications. Or using sniffer dogs that take cues from their handlers…

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/20/563889510/preventing-police-bias-when-handling-dogs-that-bite

When cops routinely decide that black men “were going” to do something - and use that determination as the basis for arresting/tasing/shooting them - Minority Report is old hat.

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Why is Kreskin swinging around @LDoBe on that game box cover?

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SPOT was based on the work of this guy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ekman

Recent interview with him here: https://globalnews.ca/news/5429985/super-awesome-science-show-lies/

“He said he didn’t have a gun but my body camera said he did so I shot him.”

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This is going to go over big, for the same reason drug sniffing dogs are useful to cops…
“Sir, step out of the car.”
“Why?”
“The dog ‘indicated’.”
" I didn’t see him ‘indicate’!"
"Well, I did, sir. Step out so we can now search the car. "

. Doesn’t matter if it works or not- they want a lot of false positives, because sometimes somebody’s license plate light isn’t conveniently out.

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Yup, same reason they love roadside reagent drug tests. They always hit on “something” but even the control isn’t very reliable.

“I see you have some ‘white powder’ in your car”
“you mean the dust on my dashboard?”
“STOP RESISTING STOP RESISTING” \bang bang bang\

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Wait a second… how can it be worse than a coin toss? Wouldn’t that mean it actually works, but the output is backwards?

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Jeff Goldblum is coming for your aura! Dun dun DUNN!

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ED209, “I FEARED FOR MY LIFE.”

I wondering if phase two of Allan Ponniah’s scheme will involve selling plastic surgery to defeat micro-expression reading software?

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