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The lie detector is an interesting case. I think that technology, especially in the sciences, is often regarded as infallible. Machines can measure things that cannot be directly observed and return concrete answers. There is a sort of reassurance in their perceived precision. It is not surprising that Marston wanted to find a way to measure something as hard to observe as emotion and intent. Those old newspaper articles are bizarre and poignant. The women are strapped into awkward looking sensor contraptions which spit out dramatic graphs. The confident scientist interprets the graph and tells them who they should marry. Such a simple, clean solution to a complicated problem! It speaks to the amount of trust people place in technology and in the scientists/authorities using it.
This American Life has a great story about a lie detector used in a job interview for the defense department: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1076 It is a good example of a lie detector not working as intended. The man being questioned failed the polygraph because he was nervous about the test itself. In an attempt to explain why he failed, he confessed to a crime he had never committed.
The apple employee shirt system makes me think of ant castes. It is rather dehumanizing, but I guess it would help reduce confusion in a large store. Though the attempt to seem casual and anti-corporate (with friendly names and slogans) makes it seem more sinister and Orwellian to me. I like that Improv Everywhere used best buy’s color-coded shirts to create more confusion.
I love the house with a puzzle. I wish every house had a story and a scavenger hunt.
February 2, 2009
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