For over a century now humans have been trying to come up with the perfect lie-detecting tool and have invested millions into research regarding this area. With the invention of smartphones and applications the task has taken a new dimension and according to the latest research by the University of Copenhagen, smartphones can now turn into lie detectors.
VERITAPS- AND WHAT IT HAS TO OFFER
There are a lot of false applications available on the Play Store which harm your phone and are built around promising ideas such as being lie detectors and password breakers etc. Veritaps is the name of the authentic application crafted by the University of Copenhagen that detects lies simply by analysing how you tap or swipe your smartphone.
It is common knowledge among researchers that liars usually take a moment or two to respond to questions as opposed to people telling the truth. Veritaps gives off a green light if it finds no doubt in the way one answers the questions or carries out certain conversation. It gives off a red light if it detects some doubt or oddness during the conversation, or how the person has answered any question that was posed to him/her.
The application also detects lies over text messages, indicating the user when he/she should probe for more information and look into the conversation. The application comes in Android phones and is not available for the general public.
Aske Mottelson, one of the researchers stated that, “The algorithm’s ability to detect lies is comparable to that of a polygraph. However, it has its limits and shouldn’t be used in courtrooms or other high-stakes environments.”
ARE SUCH APPS REALLY EFFECTIVE?
Lie detecting applications do have the doubtful aspect of not being a 100% accurate, since they are based on superficial intelligence which can be easily deceived by professional criminals. The Polygraph is one of the best truth evaluating devices which was created in 1921, however it still faces a lot of criticism when it comes to being successful. None the less, further research and tests are being carried out to come up with the perfect lie detecting tool.