Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Kristen Thomasen (University of Windsor, Faculty of Law) has posted an abstract of Examining the Constitutionality of Robot Enhanced Interrogation (Robot Law, Calo, Froomkin, Kerr (eds) Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
The future of technology-assisted lie-detection may take the form of automated devices that can interact with a suspect while simultaneously monitoring and analyzing the suspect’s verbal and physiological reactions to questions in order to determine, potentially with greater accuracy, whether the subject is lying. I refer to these devices as “robot interrogators.” As government agencies come closer to deploying robot interrogators, challenging moral and legal questions arise. This chapter tackles one of these questions by considering how robot interrogators might engage the fundamental constitutional rights to privacy and silence. Referring to United States government-funded research into the development of robot interrogators for use at border crossings, this chapter urges caution in the deployment of this emerging technology.