IBM Seeks Patent For Biosensor-Based Hiring
from the taylorism-is-back... dept
theodp writes "A just-published IBM patent application for Optimizing Utilization of a Donor describes how to monitor ‘the somatic (i.e. physical) and affective (i.e. emotional) states of human resources’ to determine ‘an optimal allocation of the human resources to tasks.’ IBM further explains that ‘the emotional and physical states may be sensed via non-invasive biosensors.’ And what exactly will be measured and sensed? Physical condition can be determined by measuring ‘the level of blood sugar, the blood heat, or the like.’ And clues to ‘a human resource’s mood to perform a job with lust, joy or any other emotional condition’ can be found by looking at ‘changes in autonomic functions, such as, for example, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, sweating, trembling, and other features like hormonal changes; changes in body temperature; and changes in neural function that are measurable.’ So if you want that job with Big Blue, perhaps you better make sure that your Blood Pressure, Pulse, Mood, and Level of Fatigue are as up-to-snuff as your skills. Yikes."
This sounds like the modern equivalent of Taylorism, which never faired all that well in the first place. Effectively, this sounds like simply applying modern technologies to a typical Taylor-like review of a worker.