Still Think ‘Big Brother’ Is Nothing To Worry About?

Personally, I think Bill Gates is going too far now.

Microsoft seeks patent for office ‘spy’ software

Microsoft is developing Big Brother-style software capable of remotely monitoring a worker’s productivity, physical wellbeing and competence.

The Times has seen a patent application filed by the company for a computer system that links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolism. The system would allow managers to monitor employees’ performance by measuring their heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression and blood pressure. Unions said they fear that employees could be dismissed on the basis of a computer’s assessment of their physiological state.

Technology allowing constant monitoring of workers was previously limited to pilots, firefighters and Nasa astronauts. This is believed to be the first time a company has proposed developing such software for mainstream workplaces.

Microsoft submitted a patent application in the US for a “unique monitoring system” that could link workers to their computers. Wireless sensors could read “heart rate, galvanic skin response, EMG, brain signals, respiration rate, body temperature, movement facial movements, facial expressions and blood pressure”, the application states.

The system could also “automatically detect frustration or stress in the user” and “offer and provide assistance accordingly”. Physical changes to an employee would be matched to an individual psychological profile based on a worker’s weight, age and health. If the system picked up an increase in heart rate or facial expressions suggestive of stress or frustration, it would tell management that he needed help.

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The worst thing is, that IF the system detects “frustration, stress, etc”……the company probably won’t look at what is causing the problem – like perhaps overworking your people because you want to keep costs down so expect everyone to do the job that 2 people used to do- but will just label the person a health risk or unproductive and fire them. They won’t wonder if your upset because your child is deathly ill, or a parent, or you are trying to figure out how to pay your rent or mortgage or even healthcare. No, none of that will come into question.

Any bets?

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~ by swfreedomlover on January 17, 2008.

One Response to “Still Think ‘Big Brother’ Is Nothing To Worry About?”

  1. Ya know, I’ve been waiting for an outcry from this one and…. Nothing, nadda, zippo! It is as if the fact that someone can spy on your physical personage and monitor systems that you as a person are unaware of, is just fine! And we all know exactly how well Windows works, (LMAO, ROFL), not to be ignorant of Bill Gates product here, but the man is an asshole! Having bastardized dos from another program, his whole empire is one of theft. Course, the government was PAID enough that they overlooked his wrong doings. Time and again. Nothing new if you have enough money huh? Just line those pockets and the everything goes away. Who needs truth, Justice and the law when MONEY can buy anything?????

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