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Virtual Immigration Agent Being Tested

August 17, 2012 by  

Virtual Immigration Agent Being Tested
Reportedly, the virtual Border Patrol agent is already being tested with “low risk” passengers at Dennis DeConcini Port in Nogales, Ariz.

The Federal government has unveiled a new tool that it hopes will help to curtail the number of illegal aliens that cross the border into the United States.

University of Arizona researchers in collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection have created a virtual Border Patrol agent that, they claim, is capable of interviewing people who wish to enter the country and detecting if they are lying about their motives. The virtual agent is part of a computer kiosk known as the Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time that might become a fixture of U.S. airports in coming years.

It is reportedly already being tested with “low risk” passengers at Dennis DeConcini Port in Nogales, Ariz., according to Daily Mail.

After logging fingerprints, the computer asks a series of questions and tries to spot liars using:

  • A microphone to monitor vocal quality, pitch and frequency.
  • An infrared camera to look at pupil dilation and where the eyes focus.
  • A high-definition camera to record facial expressions.

The programs creators say that the virtual agent has about a 90 percent success rate in identifying falsified information.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Binh Ba Nguyen

    How About Mexico country become USA State So We Can Save alot Off Money And Growth!!!

    • Art

      Exactly. Just open the damn borders and let everyone in, then when the whole country does collapse we can all sit back and let Obummer straighten this out.

      • Steve Lupton

        Mexicans were crossing the border way before Obama was in office you had better go back a few years!

  • Doug

    Let me get this straight… Illegal immigrants are going to stop at these computer kiosk’s before they enter the U.S. so that it can ask them questions and find out if theyre lying???
    If theyre trying to get in illegally thay are already breaking the law so why would they tell the truth to an animated computer generated agent??? Another waste of taxpayer money…

    • Frank B.


      • slapjack

        I’ll bet my Taco supreme that one of the Ubummbo Czars produced this idea in a toilet after MOOCHELLE served them blackeyedpeas and collard greens for lunch. Damn where do they come up with this BS????????Shoot em all and let GOD sort em out.

    • Rich Metzger

      Maybe they’ll be lured in by the promise of an autograph from the brother of the cousin of the son of Max Headroom.

  • r.p.

    It just keeps getting more and more insane.

  • FreedomFighter

    Gun fire, fences, and death in the desert is not working, so they think this will?

    My god they are that stupid.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • Jon

    Don’t worry about it. It will take less than a day for someone to steal the parts and/or fill the kiosk with bullets. Problem solved.

  • cawmun cents

    They should put them at Home Depot too!

  • Varian Wrynn

    Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Realtime = AVATAR !?!? Really? Our government hired someone to invent a name to match a word?

  • Joey Biden

    This is the stupidest idea I have ever seen. Does anyone really believe illegals will really stop and talk to this dope of an avatar. How much taxpayer money will be wasted on this fucdiculous idea?


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