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Companies are training untested and infantilizing automated oversight technology on blue collar workers.


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Exploitation of Workers

Both Amazon and Essity, a Swedish toilet paper manufacturer operating in France, have saddled warehouse employees with proximity alarms they must wear as they work (the Amazon system involves an AI-based wearable camera). The alarms shriek if they spend too much time in proximity of other workers, supposedly in the name of reducing the spread of COVID. The French workers are taking the issue up with their union, whereas Amazon's workers are not allowed to opt out.

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