AI detects child abuse by looking at nursery school teachers’ facial expressions?

Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do, is promoting the ‘Safe Childcare Daycare Center’ project, which involves installing CCTVs incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) technology at daycare centers. The idea is to detect child abuse in real time with AI CCTV. Labor and civic groups pointed out that AI CCTV could infringe on the human rights of daycare teachers.

The public transport union and the Jinbo Network Center held a press conference in front of Ansan City Hall on the morning of the 1st and said, “Ansan City should immediately stop the safe childcare daycare business.” urged Ansan City announced in October that it would promote a safe daycare daycare project, saying, “Although the installation of CCTV in daycare centers has been made mandatory and the duty to report child abuse has been strengthened, child abuse cases continue to occur.”

The core content of the project is to detect suspected abuse by applying AI-based behavior detection, facial recognition, and emotion analysis technology to CCTV installed in daycare centers and notify the head of the daycare center. Ansan City plans to develop an AI CCTV system by May next year and then operate a pilot project in three daycare centers for one year. Based on the results of the pilot project, the project will be expanded in the second half of 2023.

A nursery school teacher said at a press conference that day, “There are many CCTVs installed at daycare centers, and teachers are being monitored every second.” He continued, “I recently saw on the news that AI CCTV was installed around the victim’s house to prevent violent sex crimes in order to protect them from violent sex offenders,” he said. did.

Kim Min, an activist at the Progressive Network Center, said, “AI-based emotion recognition technology is a dangerous technology that has been criticized for being unscientific and has low reliability for accuracy. Abuse will not be able to stop it.”

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