U.S. President Barack Obama and
his Republican challenger Mitt Romney face off in their third and final debate,
with polls showing them dead even in their race for the White House. (AFP/Jewel
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While the 2012 U.S. Election is being viewed as the first full-on social
media election (both Twitter and Facebook were at pre-mass popularity levels in
2008), it's also the first election where presidential candidates will face the
lie detector test.
No, they won't be sat down in a grimy chair with a beaming lamp shoved in
their faces while they answer questions about what they'll do for the economy,
to increase jobs, or with foreign policy — although, it would make for good
It’s less Hollywood movie-esque, but
A non-partisan group in the United
States in favour of limited government will
put Obama and Romney to the test off-camera. Employing a new truth-detecting
technology, Americans for Limited Government says they will measure voice patterns to
determine whether Obama and Romney are telling the truth or not. The analysis
also measures stress levels and level of concentration, the group says.
Unlike a traditional polygraph which requires a suspect’s cooperation and numerous
probes on the person’s body voice analysis studies the words and speech pattern
of the individual and determines if the statement was the truth “with a high
degree of accuracy.”
Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government, said the
technology is a “breakthrough for the American people.” In a statement posted on
the group’s website, Wilson
wrote the results of the tests will be made public and voters will “better be
able to judge what promises are real, and which ones are nothing more than political
The statement also said “with words like inaccurate, person uncertain, false
statement, highly stressed and truth, the user’s computer screen literally
explodes with data related to the veracity of the subject’s assertions.”
The company behind the technology, Voice Analysis Technology, has been used
by over six law enforcement agencies, including the U.S Department of Defense
and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to interrogate suspects.
“The near real time analysis that
Americans for Limited Government will be able to provide the public on the
veracity of the statements made in the debate is a game changer in how people
relate to politicians. The operating assumption by the general public is that
if a politician’s mouth is moving, he or she must be lying, by putting Obama
and Romney to the test, we will find out if this is true,” Wilson wrote.
It’ll be interesting to see what the results of this testing will prove – if
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