Unwise to be sleepy in this high-tech school
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