Adults aren’t immune to the technology either. Some Chinese companies are requiring workers to wear hats and helmets equipped with sensors to detect their emotions, the South China Morning Post reported.
It’s not just what goes on in your head. A sanitation contractor in one Chinese city is tracking workers’ real-time whereabouts using a GPS smartwatch.
If an employee stays too long in one place, the watch sounds an alarm and urges the person to work harder. Some say this is too much, but the company countered that anyone who spends longer than 30 minutes cleaning up one location is not up to service standards.
Welcome to the future of work.
This robotic bug is going to haunt your dreams.
A team of Chinese and US researchers have created a fast-moving and resilient miniature robot inspired by cockroaches. Most frightening of all, you can’t squash it -- it’s built to keep moving even if a person steps on it.
If this reminds you of the murderous robotic bees from the Black Mirror episode “ Hated in the Nation,” feel better by knowing that these artificial roaches are designed for a benign purpose. Scientists hope the tiny bots can one day help in disaster relief by looking for survivors trapped under rubble after earthquakes.
AI-GENERATED TV ANCHORS
He looks mostly normal -- but something doesn’t feel quite right about Xinhua’s new anchor.
The virtual employee of China’s state-run news agency is based on the face of a real human, but just check out this video: There’s something off about the way his lips move, or the way he delivers the news in that computer-generated, stilted cadence, right?
Using your face to clock in at work or pay for groceries at the supermarket may seem convenient -- but what if something goes wrong?
One women in China discovered this the hard way when she found herself unable to shop online, check into hotels and board high-speed trains -- all because she got plastic surgery. It turns out that she registered on those platforms using facial recognition, which failed to recognize her new face.
It’s just one way to show how prevalent facial recognition has become in China. Call it dystopian if you want, but the reality is that it’s getting harder than ever to avoid the technology -- whether you’re riding the subway or just crossing the street.