Un­wise to be sleepy in this high-tech school

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BEIJING: High school stu­dents in one Chi­nese school may want to think twice be­fore doz­ing off in class. Ar­ti­fi­cially in­tel­li­gent cam­eras with fa­cial recog­ni­tion tools will be watch­ing.

The Hangzhou No 11 Mid­dle School has in­stalled a “smart class­room be­hav­iour man­age­ment sys­tem”, which cap­tures stu­dents’ ex­pres­sions and move­ments, analysing them with big data to make sure they’re pay­ing at­ten­tion, me­dia re­ported yes­ter­day.

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 ubiq­ui­tous cam­eras – part of daily life in most big Chi­nese cities – are part of an ar­ray of sur­veil­lance tech­nolo­gies that have raised wor­ries about pri­vacy.

“The sys­tem only col­lects stu­dents’ fa­cial ex­pres­sions and be­hav­iour in­for­ma­tion,” the school’s vice-prin­ci­pal, Zhang Guan­qun, told news out­let The Pa­per.

“It can im­prove in­ter­ac­tions be­tween the teach­ers and stu­dents.”

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, me­dia said. — Reuters

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