Are Students Asleep During Class? Use Facial Recognition To Know

Use Facial Recognition To Know If Students Are Asleep During Class

Some schools in China use facial recognition cameras to know if students are sleeping during class.  The Chinese are investing heavily in facial recognition, ignoring privacy concerns.  Because of this, students must make sure that they are attentive in class.

The Facial Recognition Cameras

Zhejiang Hangzou No. 11 High School installed facial recognition cameras to monitor if their students are listening or dozing off during class hours.  The school calls the camera “an insightful eye” and “teaching assistant”.

It feeds data to a “Smart Classroom Behavior Management System” which records student behaviors.  These records are based on students’ facial expressions, whether they are happy, bored, focused, or sleeping.

The cameras are there not just for the students.  Another reason for its installation is for the monitoring of the teachers also.  Because of these cameras, the teachers are improving their ways and styles of teaching to be more effective.

Privacy And Ethical Concerns

Some students complain that it seems as if there is always a “pair of mystery eyes” looking at you ever since these cameras were installed.  This is not surprising.  Using the system has raised privacy and ethical concerns.

The school, on the other hand, maintains that they are only gathering patterns and studying student behaviors.  And that they do not keep any video recording of the classes.

Other Scenarios Using Facial Recognition

This is not the first time that schools have tried high-tech solutions.  Facial recognition has been used in cafeterias.  Students order and pay for their meals and snacks by having their faces scanned for facial recognition.  They can also borrow books from the school’s library using facial recognition.  Vending machines also function and operate through facial recognition.

Some eyebrows may raise because of this technique that the school is using to make their students more attentive.  Any other form of technology may have some bad effects one way or another.  Let us just use these products of technology properly and put them to good use.

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Untagged on Facebook Photos? Facial Recognition Is The Answer

You went on a trip with your best buddies and you have loads of pictures. Your friend uploads it but is too lazy to tag each one of you. You remain untagged but you want the pictures to be shown in your timeline. The solution? Facebook’s facial recognition.

Facial recognition helps you with those untagged photos

It’s not everyday that you get to check your friends’ profiles to see if they uploaded pictures of you, right? Facebook added a new feature which can help you manage pictures which includes you.

Photo Review is a facial recognition feature which alerts or notifies you if a friend uploaded a picture of you. You have the power to tag yourself, ask the uploader to take it down or do nothing at all.

This newly launched feature will help people be aware if someone else uploaded their photos. For example, if someone wants to impersonate you or stand as your “poser”, photo review will notify you because profile pictures are public.

But of course, everything has its limit.

If the photo is set to a certain audience privacy, then you won’t get alerts. When a photo is set to “Friends Only”, and you’re not associated with that person’s account, then the photo review will be rendered useless.

Another is when you’re blocked from that person’s account, then no matter what privacy the photo will be in, you still won’t get notified. This is the saving point for “posers”. They’ll just block you and continue using your pictures for their schemes.

While it might be seen as weakening privacy, Photo Review could be enhancing it. Whether it’s an unauthorized photo of you that you want taken off Facebook, an embarrassing picture you don’t want tagged but want to monitor comments on, or someone trying to pretend to be you, this feature gives people more visibility into how their likeness is used.