Steve Silberman over at Wired has published a fascinating thorough look at the current state and future of lie detection in the article titled “Don’t Even Think About Lying.”
Mr. Silberman writes:
There was some press a couple of years ago about the basic notion of this, but the technology and the science behind it has made giant leaps since then, and now two startups are planning to introduce fMRI [functional magnetic resonance imaging -ed.] lie detection in 2006 for use by criminal defendants (and, eventually, prosecutors), US intelligence agencies, and even foreign governments. In a sidebar called “The Cortex Cop,” I talk about an even more startling form of brain-based lie detection using near-infrared light, which will eventually be able to detect lies remotely and surreptitiously. The implications of these technologies for privacy and civil liberties will be profound.