Fat Steve's Blatherings

Monday, January 30, 2006

The Veridicator Arrives

        The late science fiction author H. Beam Piper used to feature a device he called a "veridicator" in his science-fiction stories.  It was a device that hooked to someone's head and told whether they were telling the truth or not.

        And now it seems to be here, with an accuracy of 90%.  (Also here, if you're not registered with the Post.)

        Hmm, wouldn't it be fun to see the investigations into the NSA leaks investigated with this?  Or politicians explaining what they intend to do, and why, under one of these?  Or the detainees at Gitmo that claim they never, ever, were Islamofascist terrorists?

        But this is much more important than law enforcement.  A society without the possibility of lying would be almost unimaginable to us, different in every way.

        And it's coming, soon.  Probably.  Unless we decide to stop it.  Are you willing to trade a the ability to deceive for the assurance that no one will be able to deceive you?

        Beats me.  But I don't think it will be possible to stop.

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