CHINA VOICES | Upsetting the kids – AI on campus

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This week’s piece is from AI Caijing, with a thoughtful story on the adoption of AI facial recognition system in schools and campuses.
AI不识少年烦
https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/zY_nk9XnrHfAdlImabF6AQ

A university in Nanjing has recently started recording classroom activity using facial recognition. Not only does this infringe privacy, but it also runs counter to other ethical concerns. With a focus on education, combined with the pressures imposed on the educated and educators alike by pushy parents, this jail style school control is increasingly the trend in Chinese education but it is likely to have a devastating impact. The unscientific adoption of this trendy technology should be subjected to far more systematic analysis.

Li Zhuang placed a small recording device in her child’s school bag to see what he got up to at school. “He’s a bit careless, so won’t notice”, she said. Her son was not progre

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