Workers face being tagged with Big Brother-style emotion trackers to shield snowflake staff from office anger.
Businesses terrified of offending woke employees are eyeing up Fitbit-esque devices that monitor wearers’ feelings and sound alarms over chatter deemed angry and unacceptable for the workplace.
The “behaviour monitoring” tech is sparking warnings it will invade privacy and install thought police-style HR systems in our jobs which will create robotic office ‘wokeplaces’.
There are also fears data from emotion recordings will be used to purge grumpy or anti-social staff and replace them with younger, more compliant and cheaper versions.
Scientists have warned mood-trackers manufactured by tech giants in the US will also be incapable of picking up cultural quirks including Brits’ love of irony and sarcasm.
Jag Minghas, a British pioneer of crowd monitoring technology, said: “It wouldn’t surprise me if people cut corners, it’s a competitive market.
“For visual sensing to be sustainable as a business it has to be accepted by the public at large, not just our clients.
“Mood policing is not something we would go anywhere near.”
Despite warnings over the dangers of privacy and human rights breaches connected to emotion trackers, Amazon’s £71.86 Halo mood-monitoring band is getting huge interest from companies around the world.
It records emotional states and polices the tone of the wearer – including assessing if they have been too assertive.
According to the tracker the wearer’s ideal state should be “calm, focused and balanced”.
Hull-based company Moodbeam, which allows wearers to press one of two buttons to send their emotional state to their boss, calls the monitor a “complete solution” for businesses.
Accounting giant Deloitte is among the corporate giants said to be supporting the tech.British workers face being tagged with Big Brother-style emotion trackers to shield snowflake staff from office anger.
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