St. Pete startup has created AI Software to detect deception in texts, emails and more 

Artificial intelligence technology has already had a profound impact on lives, despite still being in its infancy. While the technology is controversial in nature, due to its incredible capabilities, there are key benefits to utilizing artificial intelligence.  

St. Petersburg-based Deceptio.AI is one such company that has implemented AI, in a powerful way, for the good of society.

What Deceptio.AI has set out to do is to develop an AI software that detects deception in texts, emails and written and verbal statements. While this idea seems like a tall order, Deceptio.AI’s software is a convincing platform that provides insightful results for users, without overestimating its ability. 

“We designed the software to be very easy to use,” said Mark Carson, chief executive officer and founder of Deceptio.AI. Users upload the email, text or statement they want the AI software to review and the platform does all of the work.

Carson is the first person to clarify that Deceptio.AI is different from lie detection. Instead, he believes that it offers something more profound. Deceptio.AI “breaks down an overall statement and sees where [individuals] are withholding information,” Carson explains.

What is most interesting about is that it breaks down a text, email or statement and identifies what key words, or phrases, could hint at deception. Examples of this include statement features phrases such as “I swear” or if the statement lacks common contractions.

If a statement features phrases such as “I do not” rather than “I don’t,” the individual may be hiding something or not telling the complete truth, Carson says. A truth score is then calculated after the AI software reviews a text, email or statement.

A score lower than 85% is an indicator of deception. A score of 85% or higher means that, most likely, there is no deception in the statement, Carson says.

Deceptio.AI was created in collaboration with one of Carson’s partners, retired deputy United States Marshall, Mark McClish, who has more than two decades of experience in statement analysis. McClish’s experience was essential in programming and designing the AI software.  

While Carson and his team have been protective of Deceptio.AI’s technology, as a patent is still pending, they are currently accepting clients. Carson explained that Deceptio.AI is currently in talks with a major, nationwide law firm, a U.S.-based police/military body cam business, a well-known recruiting company and a notable insurance company as potential clients.

Carson and the Deceptio.AI team believe their product could be impactful for these industries and many more. On the AI software’s official website, a wide range of industries that Deceptio.AI can be of service to are listed. They include academic institutions, banking and finance, human resources, law enforcement and citizenship and immigration, among others. 

With its impressive technology, Deceptio.AI has the potential to assist organizations and save them a substantial amount of time and money as they tackle deception, daily. According to Carson, Deceptio.AI gives companies “a completive edge over their competition as well as reduce[s] their labor unit costs in certain internal human-led workflows.”  

“The process of statement analyses has been employed, manually, by the FBI, state, local and federal agencies, and the intelligence community, for three decades,” Carson says. “By manually, I mean a person trained and certified in the art of statement analysis had to sit down and, physically, dissect a person’s statement. Deceptio.AI does the same, in less than one second.” 

 When summarizing what Deceptio.AI is all about, and what it was created to do, Carson shared the company’s tagline: words reveal truth. At the heart of his message, “making good business decisions based on obtaining the truth is critical.” 

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