’SMART EYE’ WATCHES FOR DIS­TRACTED STU­DENTS

Windsor Star - - WORLD -

A school in China has in­stalled fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy to mon­i­tor how at­ten­tive stu­dents are in class. Ev­ery move­ment of pupils at Hangzhou Num­ber 11 High School in east­ern China is watched by three cam­eras po­si­tioned above the black­board. The ‘smart eye’ works by iden­ti­fy­ing dif­fer­ent fa­cial ex­pres­sions from the stu­dents, and that in­for­ma­tion is then fed into a com­puter which as­sesses if they are en­joy­ing les­sons or if their minds are wan­der­ing. The com­puter can pick up emotions, in­clud­ing neu­tral, happy, sad and dis­ap­pointed. If it con­cludes that the stu­dent is dis­tracted, it will send a no­ti­fi­ca­tion to the teacher to take ac­tion. Hu­man rights groups fear that au­thor­i­ties are us­ing the data to keep track of cit­i­zens and crack down on dis­sent.

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