DailyDirt: I Would Never Tell A Lie...

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

Wonder woman had a lasso that forced bad guys to tell the truth -- which always seemed a bit ridiculous. But forcing people to tell the truth is an interesting area of research, and folks have made some progress over the years. Here are just a few quick links on some projects about lying. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 6:05pm

    Putting terrorists' heads in a magnetic field seems a bit more friendly than waterboarding, though..

    Not if you have experienced high intensity magnetic fields.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 6:13pm

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    or if you're a robot terrorist!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 6:53pm

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    only if your head is magnetic. Deplete your self of magnetically reactive elements and you can lie till the cows come home.

     

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    Beta (profile), Sep 21st, 2011 @ 6:54pm

    sounds familiar

    "One [problem] is how to discover, against his will, what another human being is thinking... In so far as scientific research still continues, this is its subject matter. The scientist of today is... a mixture of psychologist and inquisitor, studying with real ordinary minuteness the meaning of facial expressions, gestures, and tones of voice, and testing the truth-producing effects of drugs, shock therapy, hypnosis, and physical torture..."
    --George Orwell, 1984

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 6:57pm

    Tinfoil Hat Fashion Copyrights

    Aha! Here is a looming opportunity for the fashion industry. Of course there is a lot of (really bad) precedent out there, so 'Tinfoil Hat Fashion Copyrights' might run into prior 'art', or obviousness issues.

    No matter. The lawyers will win either way.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 7:14pm

    Re: Tinfoil Hat Fashion Copyrights

    No chance of that getting off the ground. They'd just have the police start kicking the snot out of everyone who wears a tinfoil hat.
    I mean, they already dish out random beatings for public waltzing and open WiFi, why not tinfoil hats too?

     

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    Pixelation, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 7:44am

    Magnetic truth fields...

    Time to set them up in all government buildings.

    Ollie North..."Yes Senator, I recall very clearly..."

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 8:54am

    They should just have asked Hollywood about how to make a working truth serum.

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 3:21pm

    Re: Magnetic truth fields...

    Unfortunately, it's likely that politicians are able to brainwash themselves into actually believing all the things they say....

     

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    Pixelation, Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 4:43pm

    Re: Re: Magnetic truth fields...

    "Unfortunately, it's likely that politicians are able to brainwash themselves into actually believing all the things they say...."

    Bill Clinton..."I've never seen that intern in my life and I don't even use a desk..."

     

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