In a potentially Orwellian twist to the unfolding Coronavirus pandemic, futuristic A.I. cameras are now being developed that will automatically enforce social distancing guidelines. As The Daily Star reports:
A tech company has made Artificial Intelligence that can snoop on people and sound an alarm if they fail to social distance, as shown in a video blasted as “dystopian” by critics.
Landing AI said its “detector” can keep watch on people and make sure they keep at least two metres apart as dictated by social-distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.
Landing AI’s founder Andrew Ng shared the video on his Twitter and said the technology was designed to support social distancing and “keep us safe”.
Many of our customers are still having to go to work in the middle of this #COVID19Pandemic so we created an #AI tool that we hope can help them monitor, measure, and alert #SocialDistancing in the workplace.https://t.co/dD3ZPO98iQ pic.twitter.com/HRzGsHqtaA
— LANDING AI (@landingAI) April 15, 2020
Will the pandemic force American citizens to surrender their rights to artificial intelligence programs who will watch their every move? And if so, is this really a price worth paying for “safety?”