The Reading / Listening - Lie Detector Tests - Level 2

Airports will soon add lie detector tests to their security procedures. Several airports in Europe will start using special lie detector machines that use artificial intelligence. The machines are part of a European Union project called i-BorderControl. The first machines will be tested this month at borders in Hungary, Greece and Latvia. Travellers from outside the European Union will take the test. They will look into a webcam and answer questions from a virtual immigration officer. The computer-generated officer will change to be the same as the race and language of the traveller.



The European Union said the virtual border guard will scan passengers' faces and analyze their expressions to find out if the passenger is lying. A human will take over if the lie-detecting software thinks a passenger is lying. Low-risk travellers will be asked about basic information, while higher-risk passengers will get more detailed questions. A psychology expert said the system might not work. He said: "If you ask people to lie, they will do it differently and show very different [behaviour] than if they truly lie....This is a known problem in psychology."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Lie Detector Tests - Level 0 Lie Detector Tests - Level 1   or  Lie Detector Tests - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2018/11/02/airports-trying-out-lie-detector-tests-passengers/1856580002/
  • https://www.pcmag.com/news/364741/eu-testing-ai-lie-detectors-at-border-crossings
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/02/eu-border-lie-detection-system-criticised-as-pseudoscience


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Airports will soon add
  2. security
  3. machines that use artificial
  4. The machines are part of a European
  5. The first machines will be
  6. They will look into a
  7. questions from a virtual immigration
  8. the race and language
  1. tested this month
  2. Union project
  3. officer
  4. of the traveller
  5. intelligence
  6. lie detector tests
  7. webcam
  8. procedures

Paragraph 2

  1. scan passengers'
  2. find out if the passenger
  3. the lie-
  4. travellers will be asked about basic
  5. A psychology
  6. show very different
  7. if they truly
  8. This is a known problem
  1. information
  2. lie
  3. faces
  4. expert
  5. in psychology
  6. detecting software
  7. is lying
  8. behaviour

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Airports (1) ___________________ lie detector tests to their security procedures. Several airports in Europe (2) ___________________ special lie detector machines that use artificial intelligence. The machines (3) ___________________ a European Union project called i-BorderControl. The first machines will (4) ___________________ month at borders in Hungary, Greece and Latvia. Travellers from outside the European Union will take the test. They will look into a webcam and answer questions (5) ___________________ immigration officer. The computer-generated officer will change to be the same (6) ___________________ and language of the traveller.

The European Union said the virtual border guard will (7) ___________________ and analyze their expressions to find out if the passenger is lying. A human (8) ___________________ if the lie-detecting software thinks a passenger is lying. Low-risk travellers will be (9) ___________________ information, while higher-risk passengers will get more detailed questions. A psychology (10) ___________________ system might not work. He said: "If you ask people to lie, they will (11) ___________________ and show very different [behaviour] than if (12) ___________________....This is a known problem in psychology."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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ralairportsinEuropewillstartusingspecialliedetectormachinesthatus
eartificialintelligence.ThemachinesarepartofaEuropeanUnionprojec
tcalledi-BorderControl.Thefirstmachineswillbetestedthismonthatb
ordersinHungary,GreeceandLatvia.TravellersfromoutsidetheEurop
eanUnionwilltakethetest.Theywilllookintoawebcamandanswerques
tionsfromavirtualimmigrationofficer.Thecomputer-generatedoffice
rwillchangetobethesameastheraceandlanguageofthetraveller.TheE
uropeanUnionsaidthevirtualborderguardwillscanpassengers'facesa
ndanalyzetheirexpressionstofindoutifthepassengerislying.Ahuman
willtakeoverifthelie-detectingsoftwarethinksapassengerislying.Lo
w-risktravellerswillbeaskedaboutbasicinformation,whilehigher-ris
kpassengerswillgetmoredetailedquestions.Apsychologyexpertsaidt
hesystemmightnotwork.Hesaid:"Ifyouaskpeopletolie,theywilldoitdi
fferentlyandshowverydifferent[behaviour]thaniftheytrulylie....Thisi
saknownprobleminpsychology."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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