I was watching one of the cable news channels this morning and one of their segments was on a new technology that allows a prospective employer to determine if the answers a job applicant gives are the truth … the whole truth … and nothing but the truth. Cameras are trained on the interviewee and a battery of software programs scrutinize every tiny portion of the person’s expression. Tell a fib and the machine brands the poor unfortunate a slimy liar. They didn’t say what happens next; maybe a trap door opens and they’re sent directly to the dumpster. Lie-O-Vision complete with a truth-meter has arrived.
That technology reminds me of the line from Jurassic Park, “….they could, but they never thought if they should.” It, Lie-O-Vision, will proliferate, everyone will have it, and everyone will walk around with a camera and a monitor. They’ll stare into the LED, check the truth-meter, and find out things they really don’t want to know.
Just reverse the employment interview. The applicant asks if raises and promotions are based on merit, the prospective boss says, “Yes,” but the truth-meter on the monitor prints out, “Advancement and salary determined by what shade of brown your nose is.”
How about a frank conversation in a bar between a male and a female. The man whispers something in the woman’s ear, she consults the truth-meter which comments, “Only if millimeters are the same length as inches.”
A husband presents his wife with a birthday present and proudly asks, “What do you think?” – The wife says lovingly, “It’s one of the nicest presents I’ve ever received,” but the truth-meter suggests the wife’s thought is, “I hope the return charge isn’t large.”
Think of the young lady who asks her boy-friend, “Do you love me?” His answer – “With hard, undying passion.” Green lettering on the screen says, “But, I’d rather be screwing your best friend.”
Or the new wife that says, “Yes, I cooked the chicken-a-la-king myself,” but “she can’t boil water,” prints out.
Or your buddy who tells you, “I caught a 35 pound bass,” the truth-meter advises you, “The only 35 pounds he’s been carrying is the bull-shit he’s handing you.”
Think about it. If you tell yourself you’ll only vote for honest politicians, you’ll never vote again. ….. You ask your college professor if he really knows the answer to your question and the words “Vacant Space,” appear right after he announces, “Yes.”
There’s a hell of a lot of things we might not want to know the truth about … maybe we should, but sometimes its a lot more comfortable not to. Technology isn’t always a great thing … even when it works.
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