It sounds like something straight from a science-fiction film – but technology firms in Japan are using software to predict whether a rogue employee could steal from the company or even have an office affair.
Fulfilling the dreams of bosses everywhere, high-tech firms are developing mass surveillance apps to spy on employees and even predict what they might say or do both inside and outside of the workplace.
The public may be used to the state harnessing the tools of the Information Age to scrutinise everything we do, but now not just Big Brother is interested in us, Big Business is keen to spy on us too – and especially in the workplace, warn experts.
Japan’s new artificial intelligence (AI) software is even going one further and is being designed to forewarn employers of any possible future nuisance an employer could cause.
Different apps can now calculate the chances of an employee suffering a nervous breakdown, the selling or leaking of company secrets, theft or predict any type of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ – such as offensive or insulting social media posts about the company or the boss.
Because the AI technology underlying ‘Preventive Profiling’ can be programmed to look for any type of behaviour and flag up anything seen as potentially ‘inappropriate’ by an employer, this type of function creep could lead to snooping on office relationships too, warn experts