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AI Monitors Social Distancing

Because of the novel disease that has been plaguing our world recently, we have been forced to stay at home. Aside from that, we are also to practice social distancing, keeping ourselves at least six feet from each other. But is this practice properly maintained? If not, then how can we enforce this practice? An AI monitoring tool would be a good enforcer.

Andrew Ng’s startup Landing AI has created a new workplace monitoring tool that issues an alert when anyone is less than the desired distance from a colleague.
On Thursday, the startup released a blog post with a new demo video showing off a new social distancing detector. On the left is a feed of people walking around on the street. On the right, a bird’s-eye diagram represents each one as a dot and turns them bright red when they move too close to someone else. The company says the tool is meant to be used in work settings like factory floors and was developed in response to the request of its customers (which include Foxconn). It also says the tool can easily be integrated into existing security camera systems, but that it is still exploring how to notify people when they break social distancing. One possible method is an alarm that sounds when workers pass too close to one another. A report could also be generated overnight to help managers rearrange the workspace, the company says.

Read more details about this AI monitoring tool over at Technology Review.

What are your thoughts about this one?

(Video Credit: Landing AI/ YouTube)


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I'm still trying to find a scientific study and proof that 6 feet is somehow a magic distance. Who came up with that and how ?
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