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Sensing a lie from across the room

Monday, April 14, 2008 - 09:00 AM

During the making of the show Deception, Radiolab explored the possibility of fMRI-based lie detectors. But what if we could detect lies remotely? What if we could know someone's lying without them knowing that we know they are... Well Britton Chance takes us one step closer to making science fiction a reality.

Jad and Ellen go to visit this professor of biophysics and he likens the brain's prefrontal cortex to a familiar Disney friend:

He then explains the concept behind remote lie detection. His 'Phased Array Image System' uses light to detect a lie from across the room:

Using the plans below, build your own phased array images system!!
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Jul. 21 2008 03:42 PM

If I am understanding Britton Chance correctly. The person in possession of this technology would be able to tell if a person is lying, or even learning from a distance. This seems highly intrusive. It is somewhat Orwellian, Thought Crime, Minority Report.

I was not clear on weather or not the scrupulous events of 9/11/01 lead Britton to apply this technology towards National Security. If so George Orwell must be turning in his grave.

Apr. 15 2008 03:55 PM
Connor Walsh

Lovely interview, and quite a fascinating man.

But I'm stumped as to what the 50MHz array is doing – it sounds like radar, but then it says Brain Model System on the diagram…

Either way, it's cool to have content move so far on the blog.

Apr. 14 2008 01:29 PM

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