‘Forget the Facebook leak’: China is mining data directly from workers’ brains on an industrial scale

Government-backed surveillance projects are deploying brain-reading technology to detect changes in emotional states in employees on the production line, the military and at the helm of high-speed trains

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 April, 2018
On the surface, the production lines at Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric look like any other.
Workers outfitted in uniforms staff lines producing sophisticated equipment for telecommunication and other industrial sectors.
But there’s one big difference – the workers wear caps to monitor their brainwaves, data that management then uses to adjust the pace of production and redesign workflows, according to the company.
The company said it could increase the overall efficiency of the workers by manipulating the frequency and length of break times to reduce mental stress.
Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric is just one example of the large-scale application of brain surveillance devices to monitor people’s emotions and other mental activities in the workplace, according to scientists and companies involved in the government-backed projects.
Concealed in regular safety helmets or uniform hats, these lightweight, wireless sensors constantly monitor the wearer’s brainwaves and stream the data to computers that use artificial intelligence algorithms to detect emotional spikes such as depression, anxiety or rage.
The technology is in widespread use around the world but China has applied it on an unprecedented scale in factories, public transport, state-owned companies and the military to increase the competitiveness of its manufacturing industry and to maintain social stability.
It has also raised concerns about the need for regulation to prevent abuses in the workplace.
The technology is also in use at in Hangzhou at State Grid Zhejiang Electric Power, where it has boosted company profits by about 2 billion yuan (US$315 million) since it was rolled out in 2014, according to Cheng Jingzhou, an official overseeing the company’s emotional surveillance programme.
“There is no doubt about its effect,” Cheng said.
The company and its roughly 40,000 employees manage the power supply and distribution network to homes and businesses across the province, a task that Cheng said they were able to do to higher standards thanks to the surveillance technology.
But he refused to offer more details about the programme.
Zhao Binjian, a manger of Ningbo Shenyang Logistics, said the company was using the devices mainly to train new employees. The brain sensors were integrated in virtual reality headsets to simulate different scenarios in the work environment.
“It has significantly reduced the number of mistakes made by our workers,” Zhao said, because of “improved understanding” between the employees and company.
But he did not say why the technology was limited to trainees.
The company estimated the technology had helped it increase revenue by 140 million yuan in the past two years.
One of the main centres of the research in China is Neuro Cap, a central government-funded brain surveillance project at Ningbo University.
The programme has been implemented in more than a dozen factories and businesses.
Jin Jia, associate professor of brain science and cognitive psychology at Ningbo University’s business school, said a highly emotional employee in a key post could affect an entire production line, jeopardising his or her own safety as well as that of others.
“When the system issues a warning, the manager asks the worker to take a day off or move to a less critical post. Some jobs require high concentration. There is no room for a mistake,” she said.
Jin said workers initially reacted with fear and suspicion to the devices.
“They thought we could read their mind. This caused some discomfort and resistance in the beginning,” she said.
“After a while they got used to the device. It looked and felt just like a safety helmet. They wore it all day at work.”
Jin said that at present China’s brain-reading technology was on a par with that in the West but China was the only country where there had been reports of massive use of the technology in the workplace. In the United States, for example, applications have been limited to archers trying to improve their performance in competition.
The unprecedented amount of data from users could help the system improve and enable China to surpass competitors over the next few years.
With improved speed and sensitivity, the device could even become a “mental keyboard” allowing the user to control a computer or mobile phone with their mind.
The research team confirmed the device and technology had been used in China’s military operations but declined to provide more information.
The technology is also being used in medicine.
Ma Huajuan, a doctor at the Changhai Hospital in Shanghai, said the facility was working with Fudan University to develop a more sophisticated version of the technology to monitor a patient’s emotions and prevent violent incidents.
In additional to the cap, a special camera captures a patient’s facial expression and body temperature. There is also an array of pressure sensors planted under the bed to monitor shifts in body movement.
“Together this different information can give a more precise estimate of the patient’s mental status,” she said.
Ma said the hospital welcomed the technology and hoped it could warn medical staff of a potential violent outburst from a patient.
She said the patients had been informed that their brain activities would be under surveillance, and the hospital would not activate the devices without a patient’s consent.
Deayea, a technology company in Shanghai, said its brain monitoring devices were worn regularly by train drivers working on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line, one of the busiest of its kind in the world.
The sensors, built in the brim of the driver’s hat, could measure various types of brain activities, including fatigue and attention loss with an accuracy of more than 90 per cent, according to the company’s website.
If the driver dozed off, for instance, the cap would trigger an alarm in the cabin to wake him up.
Zheng Xingwu, a professor of management at the Civil Aviation University of China, said China could be the first country in the world to introduce the brain surveillance device into cockpits.
Most airline accidents were caused by human factors and a pilot in a disturbed emotional state could put an entire plane at risk, he said.
Putting the cap on before take-off would give airlines more information to determine whether a pilot was fit to fly, Zheng said.
“The influence of the government on airlines and pilots in China is probably larger than in many other countries. If the authorities make up their mind to bring the device into the cockpit, I don’t think they can be stopped,” he said.
“That means the pilots may need to sacrifice some of their privacy for the sake of public safety.”
Qiao Zhian, professor of management psychology at Beijing Normal University, said that while the devices could make businesses more competitive the technology could also be abused by companies to control minds and infringe privacy, raising the spectre of “thought police”.
Thought police were the secret police in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, who investigated and punished people for personal and political thoughts not approved of by the authorities.
“There is no law or regulation to limit the use of this kind of equipment in China. The employer may have a strong incentive to use the technology for higher profit, and the employees are usually in too weak a position to say no,” he said.
“The selling of Facebook data is bad enough. Brain surveillance can take privacy abuse to a whole new level.”
Lawmakers should act now to limit the use of emotion surveillance and give workers more bargaining power to protect their interests, Qiao said.
“The human mind should not be exploited for profit,” he said.

Shawn Buckley on the true purpose of Health Canada

Constitutional lawyer Shawn Buckley is coming to Toronto for the Total Health Show in May, and here describes the latest tactics of Health Canada, not to work in the interests of Canadians’ health, but to enforce the Food and Drug act, which actually serves other interests. Your freedom to access natural herbs and foods that can improve your health is in jeopardy, and it’s up to you to do something about it, and you can right here: http://nhppa.org

SELLING CANADA OUT: Trudeau Government Ignoring Warnings From Three Former Canadian National Security Directors About Espionage Threat From China’s Huawei Telecom Company

The Trudeau government has repeatedly ignored those who warn about the risk to Canada’s national security from companies linked to China’s Communist government.

As the Trudeau government seeks closer ties with Huawei – a massive Chinese telecom/smartphone company – three former leaders in Canada’s national security agencies are expressing serious concerns about our national security:

According to the Globe & Mail, “Ward Elcock, John Adams and Richard Fadden are weighing in on the matter after the heads of the CIA, FBI, National Security Agency and the Defence Intelligence Agency recently told the U.S. Senate intelligence committee that Huawei poses a cybersecurity threat to American customers. U.S. spymasters say Huawei’s smartphones and networking equipment could be used to conduct undetected espionage, especially the next, advanced generation of 5G technology.”

Elcock was the former director of CSIS, and also served as the deputy minister of national defence, in addition to the security and intelligence deputy clerk of the Privy Council.

According to the report, Elcock said “I have a pretty good idea of how signal-intelligence agencies work and the rules under which they work and their various operations and … I would not want to see Huawei equipment being incorporated into a 5G network in Canada.”

Notably, “Canada has been wary of Huawei’s operations for years, but the company’s presence here has been growing, and security experts say Ottawa has not been as aggressive as other Western countries, such as Britain, in testing Huawei’s equipment for security vulnerabilities.”

Adams once lead the Communications Security Establishment, and also warned about Huawei – particularly when it comes to 5G technology.

Former CSIS Director Fadden said “I think Huawei is operating in an area of strategic interest to both Canada and China and I think it is a strategic interest area where you do not want to make available to a large Chinese company, with ties to the Chinese government, access to Canadian infrastructure.”

And yet, despite all these serious warnings about Huawei, the Globe & Mail reports that the Trudeau government is refusing to take action:

“Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told The Globe and Mail in a statement on Friday that Huawei is being monitored and does not pose a risk to Canada’s cybersecurity.”

How reassuring…

Trudeau bows to China yet again

Yet again, the Trudeau government is refusing to prioritize our national security, and is acting weaker towards China than our Western allies. Making this all the more absurd, is the fact that Trudeau’s supine position isn’t even gaining any benefits, as he was humiliated when he tried to work on a ‘free trade’ deal with the authoritarian state.

Nobody respects weakness and national disloyalty, yet that is what Trudeau continually shows as he puts our security at risk. Because any large company in China is effectively controlled by the Chinese Communist Party – which has set a goal of making China the dominant power on earth – giving them potential espionage power within our own networks would be disastrous to our national sovereignty and national security.

Any Canadian 5G network should be fully Canadian, and should never incorporate foreign equipment – particularly not from a Communist state. By refusing to see that obvious, common-sense truth, the Trudeau government shows once again that they are unable, and unwilling to act in the best interests of our country.

Once again, Canada is being sold out.

Read more about the Huawei threat here.

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5G Networks in European Countries: appeal for a standstill in the respect for the precautionary principle

In Penticton Locals Supporting Locals was successful in gaining a Public Forum be held in regards to Health, Safety and privacy. Date is still to be announced

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International Society of Doctors for Environment [ISDE]

5G Networks in European Countries: appeal for a standstill in the respect for the precautionary principle          

http://www.isde.org/5G_appeal.pdf

3)    IEEE is industry and this article confirms what was reported earlier, that phased array antennae will be used to send 5G signals. This method increases the distance, the strength and the level of microwave radiation to a dangerous level, and these things are mere feet from homes.

5G Phased Array Antennas Directed Beams – http://www.ozeninc.com/industry-solutions/antenna-design/

Phased Arrays Move From Academic Curiosity to Industrial Reality

Experts agree that phased arrays are ready for 5G networks, and will soon switch from analog to digital

https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/wireless/phased-arrays-move-from-academic-curiosity-to-industrial-reality

Here’s the article I shared a few months ago about phased array antennae:

From Blankets to Bullets

The Defense Department acknowledged in a 1975 report, quoted by Brodeur, that such systems “energize thousands of operational elements, are electronically steered at high search rates, and operate at a frequency range having a maximum whole body energy transfer to man and for which little bioeffects data exists.”

http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org/5g-from-blankets-to-bullets/

[1) – http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/2018-01-22-please-read-5g-is-going-to-be-much-worse-than-we-have-been-told/]

4)    Industry will be building 5G on existing networks, using not only milliwave frequencies but also the lower frequencies but also the lower frequencies, e.g. 600 MHz, for which there is already significant evidence showing biological effects. These lower frequencies penetrate buildings and bodies more efficiently.

http://www.bbcmag.com/2017mags/Mar_Apr/BBC_Mar17_5GNotAnswer.pdf

“But Kouppamaki, the Vice President of Radio Network Technology Development and Strategy for T-Mobile, had a good reason to spend the first portion of his talk discussing the current generation of wireless tech: Despite the radical departures 5G promises for network infrastructure and data rates, it will still be built on existing networks.

“People associate millimeter waves with 5G,” Kuoppamaki said, “And rightly so, it’s untapped frequencies.” The data rates offered by the 28 GHz band are an exciting opportunity, but he went on to say that he, and T-Mobile, see 5G’s potential extending far beyond this new frontier of spectrum.

T-Mobile plans to develop a 5G network across the entire spectrum—not just at the high-frequency millimeter wave band. One of the big problems for millimeter waves is their short propagation distance. They’ll be great for dense urban areas, where lower frequencies inevitably get blocked by all the obstacles anyway. But to deliver 5G across the United States, Kouppamaki argues that just as much attention must be given to mid- and low-band frequencies.””

https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/wireless/tmobiles-5g-plan-encompasses-far-more-than-millimeter-waves

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” 
~ Arnold Schopenhauer

 

Grey State: The Rise – A controversial documentary – A Must Watch and Share!

A controversial documentary that was nearing completion about the central government taking over society. The director and writer of the film David Crowley, 29, was found dead in his apartment in an apparent ‘murder suicide’ along with his wife, Komel, 28, and their 5-year-old daughter on January 18 2015. The documentary is an incendiary look at the state of the world and it highlights all of the issues that we face as a society, the power of information is the most useful tool for us all to use. If you agree with anything that is said in the documentary please share this article or download the video above courtesy of Apparently Apparel. https://www.therise.wiki/therisemovie/