Outback Steakhouse’s Surveillance Program Will Monitor Staff

No guidelines, simply c o n s t a n t s u r v e i l l a n c e

If you stroll right into a fast-casual restaurant, chances are high you’re being watched. There are cameras in every single place to ensure prospects aren’t stealing and servers are following well being protocols. But in response to Wired, Outback Steakhouse is stepping it up a notch with a program known as Presto Vision. They’re testing it at a location in Portland, Oregon, the place this system will sync with present cameras and use machine studying to “analyze footage of restaurant staff at work and interacting with guests,” and ship statistics to managers.

While the know-how is bought underneath the auspices of making a extra “efficient” enterprise by way of tech, it’s going to most likely make employees’ lives a dwelling hell. Studies present managers continuously use surveillance know-how to trace employees’ actions, resulting in a paranoid ambiance that makes each infraction, even unintentional ones, a possible trigger for firing. It additionally permits managers to rely completely on know-how, slightly than construct relationships with their workers.

Wired’s Louise Matsakis reported:

Presto Vision’s software program doesn’t establish particular person diners and doesn’t at present make use of know-how like facial recognition. “We do not collect any personal information and the video is deleted within three days of collection,” Jeff Jones, the president and CEO of Evergreen Restaurant Group, stated in an e-mail.

Though who is aware of in the event that they’re monitoring how briskly you ate that Bloomin’ Onion.

And in different information…

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  • Recall alert: More than 6,000 kilos of meat from Walmart has potential salmonella contamination. [CNN]
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  • Over 16 million apples are rotting within the UK due to a scarcity of employees due to Brexit. [The Times]
  • No one:

Noma: You wished a dish served in a severed duck head, proper?


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