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Microsoft System May Monitor Workers' Brains, Bodies
FOX News ^ | January 16, 2008 | By Alexi Mostrous and David Brown

Posted on 01/16/2008 11:35:37 AM PST by bamahead

Microsoft is developing Big Brother-style software capable of remotely monitoring a worker's productivity, physical well-being and competence.

The Times has seen a patent application filed by the company for a computer system that links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolisms.

The system would allow managers to monitor employees' performance by measuring their heart rates, body temperatures, movements, facial expressions and blood pressure.

Labor unions said they fear that employees could be dismissed on the basis of a computer's assessment of their physiological state.

Technology allowing constant monitoring of workers was previously limited to pilots, firefighters and NASA astronauts. This is believed to be the first time a company has proposed developing such software for mainstream workplaces.

Microsoft submitted a patent application in the U.S. for a "unique monitoring system" that could link workers to their computers.

Wireless sensors could read "heart rate, galvanic skin response, EMG, brain signals, respiration rate, body temperature, movement facial movements, facial expressions and blood pressure," the application states.

The system could also "automatically detect frustration or stress in the user" and "offer and provide assistance accordingly."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agend21; bigbrother; healthypeople2010; microsoft; nais; verichip
Next come the shackles attached to your desk that only release when you have to go to the bathroom...as detected by sensors.
1 posted on 01/16/2008 11:35:37 AM PST by bamahead
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To: ShadowAce; SubGeniusX; traviskicks

Double Tech and Libertarian ping.


2 posted on 01/16/2008 11:36:08 AM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; The majority are satisfied with a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead

3 posted on 01/16/2008 11:36:57 AM PST by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: bamahead

4 posted on 01/16/2008 11:37:16 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: bamahead

On those really bad days all you’ll need to do is reboot.


5 posted on 01/16/2008 11:39:02 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of all the politics in politics.)
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To: bamahead

Maybe they should fix Vista first instead of worrying about physical and mental subjugation of its employees.


6 posted on 01/16/2008 11:41:56 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: bamahead

see also:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1954322/posts
and
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1954283/posts
(mostly for comments)


7 posted on 01/16/2008 11:41:58 AM PST by xcamel (FDT/2008)
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To: bamahead

Don’t monitor me bro!


8 posted on 01/16/2008 11:42:44 AM PST by AU72
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To: bamahead

There are no bathroom breaks, you will just empty your colostomy bag scheduled 5 minute lunch break.


9 posted on 01/16/2008 11:43:41 AM PST by Husker24
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To: bamahead; Dark Wing; Dog Gone; TigerLikesRooster

It’s time to nationalize Microsoft. They have WAY too much time on their hands.


10 posted on 01/16/2008 11:44:00 AM PST by Thud
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To: bamahead

Take a peek in my head while I try to get this POS Vista to work.


11 posted on 01/16/2008 11:45:09 AM PST by toddlintown (Build More Highways For Children---Huckleberry Talking Point)
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To: bamahead
User frustration level too low - please deinstall Linux and reinstall Windows to elevate frustration to normal level.
12 posted on 01/16/2008 11:48:24 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Rattenschadenfreude: joy at a Democrat's pain, especially Hillary's pain caused by Obama.)
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To: Dumpster Baby

She’ll never be fired unless she has a female boss . . .


13 posted on 01/16/2008 11:53:18 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: bamahead
It makes the Apple Olympic commercial look very prophetic.


14 posted on 01/16/2008 11:54:54 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: bamahead

I have a machine that runs Windows XP Pro at home. I use it to play games.

My other machines are CentOS Linux.

If you do nothing other than surf the internet, or read email, then my suggestion is “Download CentOS 4.3” (on four CD roms) and install it on your machine. If you’re scared of going directly to it, make your machine dual-bootable and use it for awhile and get used to it.

Use Firefox for your browser, and Thunderbird for your email program.

You can use your modem, cable connection, DSL, and wireless with Linux (though, I’ve been having issues with wireless so far, but I’ve not really worked with it that much on my linux machines).

Either way....

You don’t have to stay shackled to Windows if you don’t wanna.


15 posted on 01/16/2008 11:56:25 AM PST by Rick.Donaldson (http://www.transasianaxis.com - Visit for lastest on DPRK/Russia/China/Etc --Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: Slapshot68

Exactly, of all the addled brained nonsensical Bravo Sierra coming out of Redmond, this one has to be #1.

Vista functions poorly, and now they want to monitor employees with their crappy software?

Let me guess, if an employee swears at a Vista Network, that would count as “Dangerously unstable and in need of replacement/upgrade to zombie or typing monkey...”


16 posted on 01/16/2008 11:58:00 AM PST by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ Isaiah 3.3)
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To: bamahead

bttt


17 posted on 01/16/2008 12:03:41 PM PST by JamesP81 ("I am against "zero tolerance" policies. It is a crutch for idiots." --FReeper Tenacious 1)
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To: Greg F

It would be scary if Apple were doing it. The system might work.


18 posted on 01/16/2008 12:07:04 PM PST by js1138
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To: bamahead

My vital signs are none of my employer’s business.


19 posted on 01/16/2008 12:13:53 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Mind your own business.)
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To: Greg F
She’ll never be fired unless she has a female boss . . .

Even then she's got a 2%-10% chance (depending on whose stats you believe).

20 posted on 01/16/2008 12:16:47 PM PST by steve-b (Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense. --RAH)
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To: bamahead
Send the Beta version to Finland, the home of the worlds best hackers. Then you will be able to play data back to your boss in any way you wish.
21 posted on 01/16/2008 12:35:34 PM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing.)
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To: Thud

You don’t start a project like that on your own, the gubment is in on it. No wonder W dropped the whole monopoly thing, big gubment, big brother!


22 posted on 01/16/2008 12:37:51 PM PST by Camel Joe (liberal=socialist=royalist/imperialist pawn=enemy of Freedom)
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To: Thud
Microsoft is evil.:-)
23 posted on 01/16/2008 7:04:09 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: bamahead; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

24 posted on 01/16/2008 7:57:14 PM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Greg F
It makes the Apple Olympic commercial look very prophetic.

Big Brother in that commercial was supposed to be IBM.

25 posted on 01/17/2008 4:52:41 AM PST by Tribune7 (Dems want to rob from the poor to give to the rich)
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To: bamahead

26 posted on 01/17/2008 4:59:37 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Tribune7

Yah, but at that point IBM and Microsoft were hand in glove versus Apple.


27 posted on 01/17/2008 5:20:29 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Dumpster Baby; JRios1968

I’d monitor that 2x.


28 posted on 01/17/2008 7:04:18 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro
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29 posted on 01/17/2008 7:18:02 AM PST by JRios1968 (Don't mess with tigers, for you are crunchy and chewy...)
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To: bamahead

If they try that on me, they’d better be monitoring my finger positions.


30 posted on 01/17/2008 7:18:40 AM PST by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: bamahead
"automatically detect frustration or stress in the user"

In other words, they are using Vista. 

31 posted on 01/17/2008 6:16:20 PM PST by zeugma (Hillary! - America's Ex-Wife!)
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