More Behavioral Profiling
Computer and behavioral scientists at the University at Buffalo are developing automated systems that track faces, voices, bodies and other biometrics against scientifically tested behavioral indicators to provide a numerical score of the likelihood that an individual may be about to commit a terrorist act.
I am generally in favor of funding all sorts of research, no matter how outlandish -- you never know when you'll discover something really good -- and I am generally in favor of this sort of behavioral assessment profiling.
But I wish reporters would approach these topics with something resembling skepticism. The false-positive rate matters far more than the false-negative rate, and I doubt something like this will be ready for fielding any time soon.
EDITED TO ADD (10/13): Another comment.
Posted on October 15, 2007 at 6:16 AM • 27 Comments