Skype Lie Detector

by Bruce Stewart

This is one of the more interesting Skype add-ons I've heard about recently. According to this BBC article, KishKish will be offering lie detector software that works in conjunction with Skype and will analyze the stress levels of the voice on the other end of a Skype call when the software is installed. (The KishKish site is down as I write this, so I don't have too many details.). While one could imagine objections and privacy concerns about these kind of programs, Skype seems on board with the idea. The BBC article quotes Paul Amery, director of Skype the developer program:

This is a really excellent application, and the kind of thing we want to see more of. Lie Detector is the latest in a variety of product in our premium add-on programme which greatly enhance the Skype communication experience.

The software can reportedly monitor and display visual stress level indications in real time, as well as store calls for later analysis. (Thanks, Brian!)


Simon Hibbs
2006-12-18 14:16:51
This is mad. Dissembling is only on possible cause of stress, there are many others. Even experts have difficulty reliably interpreting data like this. A lot of the people using this software will just be decieving themselves.