Germany announced this week that it will begin testing voice recognition software in its screening of refugees seeking asylum.
The approach may help speed up the processing of hundreds of thousands of migrants, but some experts fear that the imperfect technology could cause more harm than good.
In 1998, Germany began to use speech analysis to help determine the country of origin for asylum seekers.
Traditionally, if there are doubts about an applicant’s stated homeland, a recording of them having a conversation will be sent to a linguist for verification.
But automated speech analysis isn’t just an altruistic effort to bring more people through the system faster.
And it’s a problem for hardliners who fear nefarious characters being smuggled in for the purposes of terrorism.