Firms are starting to use lie detectors using a new generation of voice analysis systems to crack down on employees who are swinging the lead.
The technology means someone phoning in for a sickie will speak not to a sympathetic secretary but to a computer set up to check whether their voice is steady and reliable.
That system, developed by Capita and Digilog UK, is called Voice Risk Analysis.
It makes thousands of checks during a call and if it picks up changes in a caller’s voice that suggest they are under pressure - as is likely if they are lying - it gives prompts to whoever is taking the call.
They can then encourage the caller to change their mind about being sick.
"For Beauty it's like using only one chopstick to eat. It can't be done" said biologist Jane Fink Cantwell, who operates a raptor recovery center in this Idaho Panhandle town. "She has trouble drinking. She can't preen her feathers. That's all about to change."
Cantwell has spent the past two years assembling a team to design and build an artificial beak. They plan to attach it to Beauty next month. With the beak, the 7-year-old bald eagle could live to the age of 50, although not in the wild.
His basic point does not appear to be in dispute. Since 2000, patent judges have been appointed by a government official without the constitutional power to do so.
“I actually ran it by a number of colleagues who teach administrative law and constitutional law,” Professor Duffy said, recalling his own surprise at finding such a fundamental and important flaw. He thought he must have been missing something.
“No one thought it was a close question,” Professor Duffy said.
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