Thinking twice before dozing off in class at China’s Hangzhou No. 11 Middle SchoolEdgar Perez
Hikvision Digital Technology, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of security cameras and which is developing its own AI technology, has developed a “smart classroom behavior management system”, which captures students’ expressions and movements, analyzing them with artificial intelligence to make sure they’re paying attention.
The “Big Brother” strategy underscores how AI and facial recognition tools are increasingly being used in China for a host of tasks, from verifying payments and catching criminals to checking the audience at big entertainment events and customers at fast-food joints.
The system will be able to tell if students are reading or listening – or napping at their desks. It can detect expressions like happiness, repulsion, fear, anger and befuddlement. Students will get a real-time attentiveness score, which will be shown to their teacher on a screen.
How can these technologies be translated into the workplace? Will workers accept this extreme case of monitoring? I am looking forward to discussing these themes at my upcoming Deep Learning programs with GLC Europe, Terrapinn Training and GLDNAcademy.