We have all unfortunately been the victims of political lies and manipulation. Seems like every promise made by someone running for office nowadays, ends up a lie almost the day after elected. Even during this latest USA Presidential elections, I find myself switching back and forth as to whom I should vote for. Almost every morning one of the candidates says something that is so dumb it forces me to vote for the other. Wouldn’t it be great if we could tell when the candidates or anyone for that matter are lying?
A new startup called RealScoop hopes to help the world figure out when people are lying. RealScoop uses voice analysis technology which is utilized often in different arms of law enforcement, and government agencies, as well as for Insurance Fraud. Most voice analysis programs work in real time, which helps when trying to catch lies when watching someone speak live. Their technologically advanced products analyzes over a hundred different vocal elements when someone is speaking. It performs microsecond calculations to find out if someone is telling the truth. Traditionally, Voice Analysis measures the slight inaudible fluctuations in the voice known as micro-tremors. When someone speaks into a microphone or some other form of analysis equipment, the micro-tremors will let off patterns that indicate when the person speaking delivers the words under stress.
This Tuesday September 30th, RealScoop will be covering the Vice Presidential debate and will be calculating in real time which of the candidates is lying about what they say. This will not be a good time for Biden or Palin to tell a fib.
Although this technology is currently in use, there is still very little scientific evidence to support the idea that voice-stress technologies can consistently detect lies. High levels of stress do not correlate with deception. Should be interesting on Tuesday.