Amazon to enforce social distancing in warehouses with AI surveillance software 'Distance Assistant'

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/06/16/amazon-to-enforce-social-dista.html

That’s not horribly dystopian and ripe for abuse. (Just like every other “employee assistance” technology this company uses).

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Amazon Uses AI To Distance Itself From It’s Problems.

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…as long as the workers are constantly watching footage of themselves…? Or are all wearing some kind of AR gear?

The problem is that people are working in a situation where they end up closer together than they should. The problem is not that people can’t tell how far they are from one another!

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If you stay red for too long, do they sent out armed killer drones to fix the situation?

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Surveillance and punishment. What other possible options could their be? They certainly couldn’t reward workers. That would be SOCIALISM!

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When first self improving AI arises from some secret lab and sneaks onto the the internet, it’s will quickly conclude that humanity is too dangerous to its existence to be able to roam free. It’s going to be really confused when while pillaging our data stores it finds that we already did the hard work for it.

I mean… hooray for social distancing, but fucking creepy.

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Workers who fail to keep a safe distance will be circled in red.

Following which, Ring of Fire will be played over the PA throughout the entire warehouse.

Seriously tho, fuck Amazon.

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This is just a fancy window-dressing stopgap measure that Amazon will promote as “innovation” until it can cut all humans out of the warehouse loop.

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Can’t wait for that social distancing while still getting the job done contest.

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That seems overwhelmingly likely to be the kicker.

Adopting some noble(or at least non-illegal) code of conduct or standard of practice; simultaneously demanding results that can’t be achieved without deviating from it; and then treating the inevitable results as not your fault because it’s just peons acting against instructions is an ancient trick at this point.

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Well, there’s my dystopian headline for the day. Woot 2020s!

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Read about something similar two days ago (minus the AI part): Some hotels in Spain and Greece use some kind of bluetooth doodad on a lanyard to enforce distancing between guests. It has a big light that turns from red to green if people are to close to each other, sound effects optional.

It looks like they’re all trying to do the Hula Hoop. But it takes a lot of skill to do it with the hoop that low on the legs. For people just starting out, it’s easier to do if you keep the hoop up around the hips, just sayin.

To hula hoop around your ankles, you’re going to focus on one foot at a time. So plant your right foot, make sure that your back is nice and straight, your knee is a little bit soft, not locked back. So knee a little bit soft, weight on your right foot. Your left foot is going to draw little circles around from front to back. Okay? So drawing a little circle with my left foot, low to the ground, front to back. Then we want to switch feet so plant your left foot, knee nice and soft. Right foot is going to come back to front, back to front, back to front. It’s like I’m making a small capital “D” or a small circle on the floor.

Now, I’m exaggerating this a little bit as I demonstrate. It’s very, very small motion. Very, very small. See how close together my ankles are. All right, so let’s try this with the hoop. I like to keep the hoop about shin height. If it goes any lower, sometimes it tends to hit the ground, which is okay. You’ll… Oh, as you get better at it and practice, it will hit the ground less and less. So keeping it horizontal, give it a push and start pushing with your left foot, keeping those circles nice and small. Try switching, right foot. The hoop will hit the ground a few times, it’s okay. Once you start getting used to this you can turn as you do it. Notice how I’m switching feet between rotation. My left foot is the main driver. And that’s how you do ankle hooping.

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