Most people assume that when a machine analyses a substance the result is correct – unless they can see something obviously wrong. However, we tend to minimize the effect of human influence on the testing process.
Today, most forensic tests are conducted using a machine that is controlled by software and firmware. The results are printed out for someone to review; and most of us probably assume whatever the printout is correct. In this month’s Legal Coffee video, Lawrence challenges those printed result, the impact of human bias, and whether humans may misuse the machine unintentionally.