Ekman "spends a lot of time these days training intelligence, military, and law enforcement officers on how to uncover a subject's deception or concealment in a split second (when there is no time for laborious, frame-by-frame video analysis or FACS catalog consultation), he also acknowledges the need for a "backup" system whereby computers automate the FACS work. Humans get tired, after all, and their levels of observation or interpretation may vary.
Ekman, in fact, presently sits on the board of a nascent company, Machine Perception Technologies (MPT), which specializes in automating facial expressions analysis based on his FACS foundation. MPT was spawned from the DOD's innovation arm DARPAand DHS in the aftermath of 9/11. The CIA has been studying the efficacy of MPT's "Neural Network" method of automating microexpressions analysis versus analternative based on "Artificial Intelligence."