This may simply be one of the crucial ridiculous and dystopian issues to return out of 2020 which says loads in regards to the state of the yr. Microsoft has filed a patent for an utility that serves as an “insight computer system” that’s in a position to inform how efficient a gathering is by monitoring the physique language of everybody concerned. That’s proper, a pc will sit and watch the entire assembly and principally inform on any staff that aren’t paying their fullest consideration. The app shall be used for the digital conferences everybody has grow to be so accustomed to however may ultimately roll out to bodily in-person conferences.
The precise app doesn’t simply monitor physique language although, it additionally retains observe of facial expressions, the quantity of attendees and even retains a report of ambient circumstances just like the climate outdoors or the time of day the assembly is being had. The core premise is that the app can be utilized to measure productiveness however everyone knows that employers gained’t really use it like that. They’ll simply maintain observe of that one man who simply performs on his cellphone the entire time. In fact, that’s principally everybody throughout a digital conferences.
Nobody likes a snitch, Microsoft
Now it needs to be famous that that is only a patent for the app, which means that it’d by no means really see the sunshine of day but when it does, it will likely be Microsoft that kicks it out the entrance door. If a bodily iteration is ever established, it should embody a mix of cameras and sensors to “track” productiveness. It may possibly apparently even predict how assembly goes to be primarily based on these exterior elements talked about above.
This type of “workplace surveillance” is actually not an awesome concept nevertheless it’s not the primary time Microsoft has tried to observe productiveness. Again in October a “Productivity Score” was added to Microsoft 365 which enabled companies to see how productive members you used this system had been. Very shady certainly.