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article imageDHS tests Future Attribute Screening Technology

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 17, 2011 in Technology
The Department of Homeland Security has conducted tests using Future Attribute Screening Technology which can predict the likelihood of a person committing a future crime.
The future collides with 1984 in the development of a new technology that will most likely have civil rights activists screaming abuse. It is one thing putting criminals behind bars when they are proven to have committed a crime, but a new system is set to screen people to determine the likelihood of a person committing a crime in the future. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it has conducted tests using Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) which can gauge criminal intent.
According to Information Week FAST uses “sensors to ‘non-intrusively’ collect video images, audio recordings, and so-called ‘psychophysiological measurements’ such as heart rate, breathing patterns, and eye blinking, that will be analyzed for their association with certain behaviors.” In turn ‘certain behaviors’ can then be interpreted as signals that a person intends to commit a violent or criminal act, thus giving security officials advance warning of suspicious types.
[i]Tech Fragments reports that the DHS tested FAST on 140 volunteers in September using a checkpoint system. Subjects were tested carrying disruptive devices whilst FAST tested their blink rate, heart rate, and respiration rate, using BioLadar lasers and thermal cameras. Science spokesman John Verrico said "We are running at about 78% accuracy on mal-intent detection, and 80% on deception."
According to this report by the Young Turks FAST can collect, process and retain information but the DHS says it has no plans to deploy FAST at this time.
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