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Canon’s AI cameras in China offices


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Canon, in China, has introduced a brand-new technique to tackle the problem of workplace morale by installing cameras with AI-enabled “smile recognition” technology in the Chinese Canon Information Technology offices. The installed cameras allow only the cheerful employees to get into the rooms or book meetings so that each of the employees may be ensured to be happy all the time. 

The Financial Times has published a report regarding the Chinese companies closely monitoring the employees in the company using AIs and algorithms. The Chinese corporations are even supervising the programs employees use on their computers to determine their productivity each day. They even check for the duration of their lunch break with the help of CCTV cameras and track their movements using the dedicated mobile applications. 

According to Nick Srnicek, King’s College London academic, workers in the firms are not being replaced by these technologies, rather the management of the company has been amplified with the help of these technologies. He continues to say that the technologies have accelerated people’s productivity at work, similar to the industrial revolution in the 18th century.

The “smile recognition” cameras were initially announced by Canon Information Technology last year, as part of a suite of workplace management tools. The technology, however, couldn’t gain much attention since it got announced. It may though be counted as the right example to spread awareness on how common surveillance tools like this are becoming, in different parts of the world.

These modern technologies are not set to be limited to corporate offices. In fact, some of the modern software suites such as Microsoft 365 are available with built-in surveillance tools. Meanwhile, the companies have deployed these features to ensure their control over their employees working from home due to the pandemic going on. 

To conclude it can be seen how AI-enabled smile recognition cameras may turn out to be the least dangerous types of surveillance technology.

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Canon’s AI cameras in China offices

China's Export Restriction List: Which Technologies Included And Why?

China has revised its exports restrictions list for the first time in 12 years. China’s new restrictions on exports include a bunch of deep technologies, including AI, drone, satellite and cybersecurity. Certain technologies will now be subject to export bans or restrictions, meaning they have to be greenlit by the Chinese government for sale overseas.

The new rules, unveiled by China’s Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Science and Technology, added many items—including personal information push services based on data analysis and voice-recognition technologies commonly used in smartphones, robots and wearable devices—to the restricted list. Technologies on the list can’t be exported without a license from the government.

China’s Export Prohibited and Restricted Technology Catalog contain various technologies pertaining to artificial intelligence, voice, telecommunications, cybersecurity and cryptography.

Zhao Lijian, Spokesman, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “The main reason behind releasing the catalogue to regulate technology export management is to facilitate technological development, cooperate with foreign companies and to safeguard national economic security.”

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Making Sales More Efficient: Lead Qualification Using AI

If you were to ask any organization today, you would learn that they are all becoming reliant on Artificial Intelligence Solutions and using AI to digitally transform in order to bring their organizations into the new age. AI is no longer a new concept, instead, with the technological advancements that are being made in the realm of AI, it has become a much-needed business facet.

AI has become easier to use and implement than ever before, and every business is applying AI solutions to their processes. Organizations have begun to base their digital transformation strategies around AI and the way in which they conduct their business. One of these business processes that AI has helped transform is lead qualifications.

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Amsterdam And Helsinki Launch Open AI Registers

Amsterdam and Helsinki both launched an Open AI Register at the Next Generation Internet Summit. According to sources, these two cities are the first in the world that are aiming to be open and transparent about the use of algorithms and AI in the cities.

Currently, in the beta version, Algorithm Register is an overview of the artificial intelligence systems and algorithms used by the City of Amsterdam. The register is an effort to show where the cities are currently making use of AI and how the algorithms work.

Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of Helsinki stated, “Helsinki aims to be the city in the world that best capitalises on digitalisation. Digitalisation is strongly associated with the utilisation of artificial intelligence. With the help of artificial intelligence, we can give people in the city better services available anywhere and at any time. In the front rank with the City of Amsterdam, we are proud to tell everyone openly what we use Artificial Intelligence for.”

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