Smile for the camera! (Or you can't get into the Canon offices)

(Image credit: Canon)

In a vaguely dystopian twist, it's recently been revealed that Canon offices in China has implemented new AI camera modules that use "smile recognition" technology to will only let smiling employees into the office. Installed back in 2020, the China-based Canon subsidiary Canon Information Technology saw these AI cameras as an "intelligent IT solution" for corporate offices.

These cameras include five different functional modules, of which one is the "smiley face access control". 

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.