Wanted: Trust Detector
It’s good to dream:
IARPA’s five-year plan aims to design experiments that can measure trust with high certainty—a tricky proposition for a psychological study. Developing such experimental protocols could prove very useful for assessing levels of trust within one-on-one talks, or even during group interactions.
A second part of the IARPA proposal might involve using new types of sensors and software to gauge human facial, language or body signals that might help predict trustworthiness. Perhaps facial recognition technology that could deduce emotions or facial tics might help, not to mention better lie detectors.
IARPA is the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, the U.S. intelligence community’s answer to DARPA.