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Voice stress analysis for benefit claimants: bollocks, or complete and utter bollocks?

My Dad thought I’d be interested in this one. He was right. Ministry of Truth investigates the technology that will apparently tell the Department of Work and Pensions whether benefit claimants are telling porkies.

Have you watched The Wire? You know the bit where the homicide detectives tell a gullible suspect that their office photocopier is a lie detector? That’s probably just as effective, but an awful lot cheaper.

4 replies on “Voice stress analysis for benefit claimants: bollocks, or complete and utter bollocks?”

Interesting. I was aware that lie detecting was basically rubbish, but had thought the DWP had been taken in by something a bit more sophisticated than a one-man operation.

A new business plan has suddenly occurred to me… ;-)

It will no doubt come with the default accent set to “San Francisco”, causing the machine to burst into flames when the first interviewee is the guy who robbed Steven Gerrard’s house.

Sadly with the amount of stress and lack of training in the DWP, they will probably wire claiment upto the photocopier.

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