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US Border Patrol it's a new member on the team this strange character could pave the way for a new era of surveillance that also is aimed to keeping our agents say -- Trace Gallagher has details -- West Coast -- Actress.
You -- -- that Nogales port of entry is really one of the busiest drug corder is in the United States which is why the areas south of the border is so violent and dangerous because you have the drug cartels fighting for control.
Of that very -- -- but it's also a bustling trade port with thousands of cars crossing legitimately every single day so now.
US customs is testing out this avatar right looks like a computer screen with a -- in fact that's exactly what it is.
Is to help speed up the crossings right so.
You have to screen these lower risk travelers.
The robot -- lasted a series of questions and then using speech recognition as well as.
Voice anomaly software it'll try and detect any suspicious behavior here's an example watch.
Hello I am now going to ask you a few questions about your sentry application.
In a moment I will ask you to say your name and then answer some yes or no questions.
So while you're talking to the avatar there's actually.
Agent a customs agent who's kind of watching every move tracking your web an iPad and that way the aging can kind of come in and do the follow up questioning.
If there is anything to follow up on that critics say.
This technology is still in its infancy and it should not be used.
In national security cases like this but the feds say the agents are constantly.
Backed up -- the avatars are backed up by the agents so there is safety nets in place if all goes well.
The avatar they believe will kind of speed up.
These crossings in the border they can put him in the kiosk you walk up and eventually put -- right there at the crossing you can drive up and you can.
And I get fast pass to go win but that might still be a few years away.
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