BRAINWAVE SENSORS NOW A THING FOR WORKERS IN CHINA
Okay, this is some crazy ass shit. Really. More than a dozen factories in China have taken new technology somewhere scary. But it’s in a way we haven’t thought of yet in America. Or have we? The companies that own these factories are making their workers wear monitors. What kind of monitors? Well, the kind that monitor and measure your emotions. Plus, they use AI to supervise the live feed. Again, that is some crazy ass shit. The Chinese companies say these brainwave sensors are to train people as well as screen them for “mental fitness.” To work in a factory? Hmmm. Scary.
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But these sensors are already in use. Yet it seems to make sense that high-speed train conductors wear them. Just think about what happens every time one of these guys falls asleep. Tragedy. It also makes sense for electric company workers, but only a bit. But both of those jobs can be made safer without these monitors, which tell your boss how you feel, all day long. The sensor monitors ups and downs in emotional states. These include sadness, fatigue, other emotions. But also panic! That last makes some sense, depending on the job. But a factory?
BRAINWAVE SENSORS PLUS VR HEADSETS MAKES EVERY WORKER A DRONE
But some of the companies have also installed VR headsets as well. This way they can actively see how trainees react to specific scenarios. It’s one thing for these to be part of employee training. But once you open this door, it’s inevitable that all employers will want a feed of how every employee reacts to every scene. That’s some scary ass shit. But it makes extra money for employers, so it’s clearly going to be a thing moving forward. The State Grid Zhejiang Electric Power company said their profits have grown by more than $314 million since they started using these in 2014.
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But still, it’s scary stuff. And we thought privacy was dead? Our imagination needs to catch up with reality. Privacy is still kicking. For now. But these Chinese companies are pushing a scary envelope with these brainwave sensors. We’ll have to wait and see how the West follows.