The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw

In 2019, guards on the borders of Greece, Hungary, and Latvia began testing an artificial-intelligence-powered lie detector. The system, called iBorderCtrl, analyzed facial movements to attempt to spot signs a person was lying to a border agent. The trial was propelled by nearly $5 million in European Union research funding, and almost 20 years of research at Manchester Metropolitan University, in the UK.

The trial sparked controversy. Polygraphs and other technologies built to detect lies from physical attributes have been widely declared unreliable by psychologists. Soon, errors were reported from iBorderCtrl, too. Media reports indicated that its <a data-offer-url="https://theintercept.com/2019/07/26/europe-border-control-ai-lie-detector/" class="external-link" data-event-click="{"element":"ExternalLink","outgoingURL":"https://theintercept.com/2019/07/26/europe-border-control-ai-lie-detector/"}" href="https://theintercept.com/2019/07/26/europe-border-control-ai-lie-detector/"

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