By Darcy Chavez, Communications —
As an intern and student, I’m always looking for opportunities to work for and support brands and businesses that I’m passionate about.
I’m currently studying communications in college and working hard to learn the tricks of the trade. There’s no better way to learn how a professional field functions than by working as an intern. With that being said, I remain selective in my internship opportunities based on the product or brand itself. I simply can’t support a company whose product I don’t believe in. So before committing to intern at a Lehi-based technology company called Converus, I needed to see for myself if EyeDetect really worked.
EyeDetect is a new lie detector that monitors eye behavior to detect deception. The whole concept sounded interesting. On the Converus website I read stats like: “If EyeDetect and polygraph are used in succession, they combine statistically for an outcome confidence as high as 97-99% when an examinee passes or fails both tests.” On Friday, September 13, 2019, I stepped into the Converus offices in Lehi, Utah to see how this technology worked with my own eyes.
I met with Russ Warner, VP, Sales, Marketing & Operations. Russ described how the technology works and how to take the numbers test. Essentially, I chose a number between 1-10 and answered a series of questions about those numbers. The goal was to lie about the number I chose and see if EyeDetect was able to identify the number I was lying about. Russ even offered me a $50 Amazon gift card if I was able to fool the system. To be honest, I actually wanted to mess it up just enough to get $50!
The test asked me several sets of questions about numbers 1-10 as it worked to determine the number I had chosen. It was trickier than I anticipated as I had to remember I was lying about choosing the number 7. I felt very confident that I made EyeDetect think 5 was my number. I was shocked after my results were analyzed. The system discovered that I was lying each time I denied selecting the number 7.
I was extremely impressed by the software and amazed that I couldn’t fool it. Overall, taking the numbers test solidified my decision to take an internship with Converus. I believe this technology has the power to change the world and the way lies are detected.