Two companies have released software this week that can analyse content to pluck a winning CV from a pile or tell if someone is lying in an email.
The first offering from SER Solutions, SERbrainware, claims to use neural network algorithms which mimic the working of the brain to make connections between words.
It scored a PR coup by claiming that its software proved that William Shakespeare did write the disputed play Henry VIII.
The company said that SERbrainware "pinpoints specific words and phrases [in any language, including slang] and even key concepts that have significance to intelligence agencies".
"The technology combs through websites, bulletin boards, unstructured information, emails and even email attachments. SERbrainware extracts key information, passing it quickly to government analysts."
However, the company said that its software can also be used to process texts such as CVs and job information to match applicants' qualifications with job vacancies.
Meanwhile, SAS Institute has released software that can spot if someone is lying in an email.
Business solutions manager Peter Dorrington claimed that the software could detect the subtle changes in a person's vocabulary when they were lying or uncertain of the facts.
"We can compare basic patterns in words and grammatical structure with benchmarks to detect likely lies," he said.
The company will today unveil a product that can sift through emails and Word text to decipher the tone of the writing.
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