Finding Universal Markers for Deception
Dr. Matsumoto, a current Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University and co-creator of the original microexpression training tool, has been researching human emotions and nonverbal behaviors for several decades.
Wired Magazine recently reported on this new venture that is backed by the chief Air Force scientist, Dr. Mark Maybury. Dr. Maybury envisions a social radar military program that will aid in the diversion of wars by delineating the societal and cultural elements of war.
“We’re supposed to provide ISR [the military acronym for intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance}. But our constituents, ‘Don’t just give me a weather forecast, [they] give me an enemy movement forecast. ‘What’s that about?’ That’s human behavior. And so [we need to] understand what motivates individuals, how they behave,” Maybury purports.
The military has probed into all other types of information gathering prospects, human behavior is the constant throughout; therefore, tapping into the “human domain” rather than just relying on advanced machines (which do have their advantages) is possibly the next step in world peace.
This new type of program will concentrate on human behavior and include computer technology that will analyze aspects of social media such as Twitter feed, Facebook timelines and political polls.
It is only fair to note that there is much criticism from high ranking officials in the military who think that being able to see a person’s intention is not realistic.
Maybury retorts, “Just like nobody could imagine seeing through the night or seeing through water, nobody can imagine seeing attitudes. And actually, in my view, that’s very much a future reality.”
What are your thoughts? Do you think this social radar really is a practical tool that the military should be actively pursuing?