We've all heard of facial recognition software, that detects people against an image databse of known suspects, but what about software that checks against behavioral warning signs? Strange as it sounds, certain behaviors or body language can tip off a watchful eye, be it algorithm or a trained human. Australian scientists are working on automating this procress in software to track "inappropriate behavior" in public places, interpret that how you will. This, of course, is normally the work of trained officers, like the Nevada Highway Patrol officer who earlier this week unknowingly pulled over polygamist Warren Jeffs. The fugitive was then apprehended when the officer noticed Jeffs' carotid artery pulsating abnormally. Maybe a new Robocop isn't as far off as we might think, but we're all going to need some new gear as our pulsing carotid artery's already telling us the tin foil hats we've come to rely so heavily upon just ain't gonna cut it.

[Via TechDirt]

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