(Natural News) The latest idea from Google goes beyond mere Orwellian Big Brother into full-blown automated robotic parenting. The company is planning a series of smart home technologies that will keep an eye on children and discipline them in lieu of their actual parents, warned an article from The Daily Mail.
Google filed a patent involving a smart home monitoring system that uses cameras, microphones, motion sensors, and thermal imaging to keep an eye on mischievous members of the family while the parents are away.
The real-time information will be analyzed by Google Home, the company’s flagship smart speaker/home assistant product, which will formulate appropriate disciplinary actions.
Another potential product is a smart device that presumes to advise parents on ways to improve their relationships with their children, such as urging them to devote more time and attention to their kids during dinner.
“When children are near a drinks cabinet or are in their parents’ bedroom alone, the system may infer that mischief is likely to be occurring,” Google explained in its patent. (Related: PragerU vs YouTube case has enormous implications for the future of online FREE speech.)
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According to The Times, the planned smart device will keep track of chores such as taking the trash out. It will be able to remember who failed to finish or accomplish their assigned chores.
Misbehaving children will be punished by restricting their mobile phone usage. And like any good informant, the Google smart device can also report their bad behavior to their parents. It can use infrared sensors to record the body temperatures of the kids, and it would eventually learn to discern certain sounds such as crying and laughter.
“It may be beneficial to monitor the emotional state of occupants in a household,” the Google patent said.