At this Chinese school, Big Brother was watching students — and charting every smile or frown

Jul 1, 2018 by

Chinese students attend class in a classroom equipped with a surveillance camera at a high school in Hangzhou, eastern China's Zhejiang province, May 15, 2018.

Chinese students attend class in a classroom equipped with a surveillance camera at a high school in Hangzhou, eastern China’s Zhejiang province ImagineChina

A Chinese high school monitors the emotions of students through artificial intelligence cameras.

At first, it just seemed cool.

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.

Source: At this Chinese school, Big Brother was watching students — and charting every smile or frown

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