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Meetings To Be Recorded And Scored For Body Language

Microsoft has filed a patent on a system that records live meetings, and then analyzes body language and facial expressions to give a "quality score".


(Patent application drawing)

Technology giant Microsoft has filed a patent for a system to monitor employees' body language and facial expressions during work meetings and give the events a "quality score".

A filing suggests it could be deployed in real-world meetings or online virtual get-togethers.

It envisions rooms being packed with sensors to monitor the participants, which could raise privacy concerns.

In his excellent 1977 novel The Dosadi Experiment, Frank Herbert wrote extensively about the use of office simulations. Software that instantiates this Microsoft patent could also be used this way.

In this excerpt, conflict escalates and Jedrik feels the need for a more accurate simulation of the Gowachin commander, Broey.

He entered a larger space full of projection-room gloom with shadowed figures seated facing a holographic focus on his left. McKie identified Jedrik by her profile, slipped into a seat beside her.

McKie recognized the subtle slippage of computer simulation. That was not a flesh-and-blood Broey in the focus.

"Why simulation?"

"He's beginning to do things I didn't anticipate."

Jedrik was reworking the simulation model of Broey which she carried in her head. McKie saw that every seat in the room had an arm keyed to the simulations.
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