Californian Tech Company Demos Social Distancing ‘Enforcement’ Tool on Oxford Residents

Darren Birks for Vision News

A Technology company based in California that specialises in Artificial Intelligence has demoed it's new software, designed to enforce social distancing, using residents of Oxford as unsuspecting guinea pigs.


In a scene that looked like it was from a dystopian Sci-Fi movie, Landing AI are applying their 'big brother' technology through what appears to be Oxford City Council's CCTV camera in Cornmarket Street, Oxford. The camera, one of many in the City, is providing a live view of private Oxford citizens, going about their lawful business, but appears to have the software plugged into the stream. Although this is only a demonstration of the techs capabilities, what it does show is Oxford residents breaking the new rules around social distancing.

The position of the camera in Oxford used by 'Big Brother' technology

Clearly proud of their 1984-style tech the company state “Landing AI has developed an AI-enabled social distancing detection tool that can detect if people are keeping a safe distance from each other by analyzing real-time video streams from the camera,”

Reaction to the new software has been less than favourable, with many seeing it as invasive and yet more erosion of civil liberty. One commenter on YouTube saying "Go ahead and scrap your project because the American people will not tolerate this. Take your Tech Communism far far away and never come back!!!"


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