Canon has installed “smile-recognition” technology into its offices in China. These cameras capture an image of an employee and hand it over to an AI network, this network can recognize if an employee is smiling and will deny them entry into the facility if they are not. This technology is frightening many and some have shared their fears that this corporation is stepping over some boundaries.
From The Daily Wire:
Canon has reportedly installed “smile recognition” technology in the offices of its Chinese subsidiary, with employees only permitted to enter rooms or book meetings if they are smiling.
The AI-backed technology was first reported by The Financial Times, on the subject of how Chinese corporations are tracking employees with the help of cutting-edge technology.
As The Verge noted, “Firms are monitoring which programs employees use on their computers to gauge their productivity; using CCTV cameras to measure how long they take on their lunch break; and even tracking their movements outside the office using mobile apps.”
“Workers are not being replaced by algorithms and artificial intelligence. Instead, the management is being sort of augmented by these technologies,” King’s College London academic Nick Srnicek told The Financial Times. “Technologies are increasing the pace for people who work with machines instead of the other way around, just like what happened during the industrial revolution in the 18th century.”
These new technologies are not exclusive to China, Amazon uses similar technology to track workers moving around boxes in the warehouse. Workers who are caught not working for periods as short as 5 minutes are typically fired. Are these companies going too far?