Sunday, January 20, 2008

Office Spy Software by Microsoft

Microsoft is filing a software patent which able to spy or monitor employees. This reminds me a movie called “AntiTrust” which I watch in 2001. In the movie, the employer (the CEO in the movie really looks similar to Bill Gates) has software to spy on their employers. It can track every single detail what the employees do. At that point at time, I don’t think this kind of technology would come to reality because I thought it is somehow against human rights and privacy.

Now, this technology has been patented by Microsoft. According to the news, this technology can measure heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression and blood pressure. Wow! As long as you sit in front of your personal computer or workstation, your boss can track you down every single detail to review your performance.

Patent is just an idea. Whether it can be implemented and become useful in reality is still unknown. Few questions that I have are, will it be too much for office workers? What about freedom? Will the employee perform better or the other way round? Can I cheat and misuse the system? How accurate is this system? In my opinion, the idea is brilliant but not for office workers. It probably makes more sense for those critical job’s workers such as astronauts or operators in a factory.

Read the full article news here from TimesOnline.

2 Comments:

Kenny said...

This is really ridiculous and there will be no freedom anymore if this comes true.

ChampDog said...

Don't worry, I bet this still have a long way to go. :)


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