May 16, 2008

A lie is an abomination unto the Lord, and a very present help in trouble

PhonepoleToday at Ethical Perspectives on the News I blog about A Pipeline to Truth? Fighting Absenteeism with Voice Analysis - should companies use voice stress analysis when people call in sick to catch the people who lie?

Overall, the field of voice stress analysis appears to be just as messy and prone to overblown claims as polygraphs and other deceit detection methods. But people like to believe they work, and this makes people behave more truthfully when they erronously think they will be found out. So the real ethical problem is that catching truants is based less on finding out whether the employees lie, as lying to the employees.

Of course, one can always turn things around and run voice stress analysis on one's employer. Given that it is likely that employers also suffer from the bogus pipeline effect, it might force them to be truthful - or regard their employee as dangerous.

Posted by Anders3 at May 16, 2008 01:58 PM