Customs and Border Protection is testing a security kiosk with an avatar that appears onscreen and makes queries in a polite, automated voice. The experiment is occurring on the border in Nogales, Ariz. and is using a variation of technology the Department of Homeland Security has been pursuing for years.
It’s sort of like a lie-detector test – except the government dislikes calling it that.
For now, the kiosk is being tested with applicants seeking “trusted traveler” status; these are people who agree to a background check in exchange for avoiding long daily waits at the border.
Photo: National Center for Border Security and Immigration/University of Arizona