I can’t come into work today because you’ll know I’m not sick

Yikes! Big Brother (the Orwellian version not the Endemol version) is alive and well and applying for patents in the States:

“Microsoft to develop office spy software? : “Microsoft has filed a patent application for a computer system that is capable of “remotely monitoring a worker’s productivity, physical wellbeing and competence.””

Many of the commenters on this article don’t even question the eventual roll-out of this technology. Some of them point to the potential benefits of such systems. One benefit that they have not mentioned is health services using such systems to monitor patients while treating addictions.

Still it would have to be a very persuasive argument for me to don a sensor suit as proposed. If anything I’ll be a late adopter on that one I think.

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