UK - Artificial Intelligence Catches Liars

Arno Froese

British scientists have developed a new computer program that can spot if someone has lied to police about being robbed.

The groundbreaking software analyzes the wording of a victim’s statement in order to identify tell tale signs of fake reports.

Spanish police, who have been using the tool, found it was successful in more than 80 percent of cases helping them to identify 64 false reports in just one week.

Developed by experts at Cardiff University, VeriPol, uses a combination of automatic text analysis and artificial intelligence to recognize when somebody has been lying or exaggerating to the police.

Thousands of false reports are submitted to the police each year with many perpetrators hoping to receive inflated insurance payouts or claims for crimes that never happened in the first place.

Using algorithms the machine is able to carefully analyze various features in the text, such as adjectives, acronyms, verbs, nouns, punctuation marks and numbers.

The team behind the technology believe it could help police forces save valuable time and effort in investigating fake crimes and will also help deter people from filing false reports in the first place.

Dr. Jose Camacho-Collados, from Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science and Informatics, who helped develop the technology, said: “Our study has given us a fascinating insight into how people lie to the police, and a tool that can be used to deter people from doing so in the future.

“Police officers across Spain are now using VeriPol and integrating it into their working practices. Ultimately we hope that by showing that automatic detection is possible it will deter people from lying to the police in the first instance.”, 7 January 2019

Arno's commentary

This development is to be expected, and much more is yet to come. So-called artificial intelligence is capable of analyzing great volumes of information in seconds, thereby exposing perpetrators who attempt to hide behind a lie.

Such progress is certainly welcomed and will cause crime to decrease in the long run. We know, for example, that crime per se is continuing to decrease globally. Doubtless, this can be ascribed in part to the success of computers and, in this case, artificial intelligence.

What is the aim? Answer: to have man’s invented machine—equipment, technology, hardware, software—to take total control of the judicial system. In the end, the image of the beast will be capable of discerning if a person worships the image or not.

This is an imitation of the ultimate intelligence, namely the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom we read in Revelation 1:14: “…his eyes were as a flame of fire.” Psalm 11:4 states: “The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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