Tuesday, July 03, 2018

This Is Where Too Much Government Leads

The Chinese government already rates its citizens on trustworthiness (instead of the other way around).  Now technology has been deployed to track students' facial expressions in school:
When facial recognition cameras were installed at a century-old high school here in eastern China, students got in and out of campus, picked up lunch, borrowed books and even bought drinks from a vending machine just by peering into the cameras.

No more worrying about forgetting to carry your ID card.

But last March, the cameras appeared in some classrooms — and they did a lot more than just identify students and take attendance.

Using the latest artificial intelligence software, the devices tracked students’ behavior and read their facial expressions, grouping each face into one of seven emotions: anger, fear, disgust, surprise, happiness, sadness and what was labeled as neutral.

Think of it as a little glimpse of the future.

While American schools, as well as students and parents, are worrying about the increased emphasis on standardized tests — and the loss of classroom freedom that comes with “teaching to the test” — China has carried things to a whole new level.
Leftists are creepy. To steal a turn of phrase, 1984 was supposed to be a warning, not a how-to manual.

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