As someone in my discord server said - “the best way to make politicians anti-facial recognition might be to use it on them”.

@unimagine devil's advocate question: Do any of them have meeting prep notes on their phones?

You can almost assume that meeting notes require a tablet while phones are good only for YouTwitFace and Farmville.

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'The Flemish Scrollers' is software automatically tagging distracted Belgian politician when they use their phone on the daily livestreams. Every meeting of the flemish government in Belgium is live streamed on a YouTube channel. 'When a livestream starts the software is searching for phones and tries to identify a distracted politician. This is done with the help of Al and face recognition. More details:

Results are posted on Instagram and Twitter: hitps://

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That looks very similar to the facial recognition tech that was piloted in Chinese schools against kids.

A million times this.
Exactly what would happen.
For 'safety' reasons.


@unimagine On the one hand this is stupid because being on your phone or computer doesnt mean you arent paying attention.

On the other hand if it pisses off politicians and gets them in trouble for stupid shit maybe it will get them to hate facial recognition and start taking it seriously... so maybe its stupid in the most brilliant of ways...

@freemo @unimagine Oh bugger that, it means you're not paying attention *by definition.* I'm so sick of talking to people who are clearly doing something else, asking them to pay attention, being told "But I AM paying attention," and then having them demonstrate 3-4 minutes later that they didn't hear about 50% of what I said.

These people are in charge of a society, that's not something you should be able to get away with being distracted from lol


Many people can not pay attention to many things at onc. I have no doubt **some** people you see on their phone wont recall what you are saying. Others on the other hand have better mental faculties and can do one thing on their phone while completely paying attention to everything you say.

I find it absolutely infuriating and silly when someone assumes **everyone** is incapable of effectively multitasking without reduced attention. I have absolutely no problem doing multiple things at once with no impact on my retention, why should I be penalizaed for someone elses poor mental skills.

These people may be distracted, they may not. I personally dont know anything about their mental abilities. Assuming we hired smart people (a big if I know) for our politicians then they should be more than capable to review their phone and follow along at the same time.

Also not ewe have no clue what they are doing on their phone, they may very well be looking up information relative to the conversation (like the definition of a word or pulling up a world map).


@freemo @unimagine Yeah, nah, I'm not falling for that "I can do it, don't assume I can't just because you can't" thing, thanks.

I don't think some salty multitasking apologist's thoughts take precedent over ancient Chinese wisdom for me.


I will take my proven track record over some generic chinese symbol any day. I've had my multitasking abilities challenge before with this sort of archaic thinking (and an attempt to control others to a sense of confirmity)... every single time when someone goes "ok what did I just say then?" I recite it back perfectly.

Yea sorry not going to assume everyone is the same and has the same ability and then judge people by those standards... thats just silly


@freemo @unimagine Sure buddy, continue to half-learn lessons then. Your excuses for your inability to concentrate are not my problem.


AS a scholar and scientist where learning is a part of every day life I think im just fine thanks. Literally when i do less multitasking my work gets WORSE. I know how my brain works and have more than enough of a track record to show I know whats best for my own retention.

But hey, keep telling everyone their brains operate the same and force them all to learn and listen in exactly the same ways, im sure that will be WAYYYY better, lol


@freemo @magus @unimagine

Literally when i do less multitasking my work gets WORSE.​

Yikes. You’ve actually trained yourself to work suboptimally. Imagine how well you could work if you hadn’t screwed yourself out of the ability to focus on one thing.

So sad. So much wasted potential.


No quote the opposite, I have trained myself to focus on multiple things without needing to take away from each other.

@magus @unimagine


Dont project on me your insecurities about being unable to multitask effectively.


@freemo @magus

Don’t project on me your insecurities about being unable to focus on one thing at a time.

I can never tell if my antenna has an issue, or if ban conditions just kick out on me. All day FT8 was ringing off the hook. Then around 11pm all the weak signals die on me and I only get the strong ones. It is late enough in the night i would expect propagation might end (way past gray line propagation). The other give away is that I noticed around the same time I somehow detuned. Even though my antennas natural SWR was only 3 I suspect something shifted to make it detune.

Anyway tomorrow I think ill have to analyze the antenna proper and see how it looks. I may need a new antenna if this keeps up.

@freemo @magus @unimagine i don't think regular employees would get away with being on their phones during meetings all the time...

And even if succeeded in arguing they can multitask, the chance they're actually tested for their knowledge seems much higher. And they won't get away with "i don't remember".(unlike the Dutch PM)


I think depends a lot on the company. As I mentioned I was at one company in particular where my habbit of typing on my laptop was common during meetings and people commented it was unacceptable (which I thought was quite idiotic). But that is the only time I had that reaction and it was a mega-corp.

Every other company I had been at, many of which were startups, no one ever commented at it. This may be simply because I was at the top of the food chain, so as the "boss" people felt i proved my abilities enough (or were just unwilling to confront me)... I still usually had someone above me, mind you, who could have said something.

So yea in my expiernce whether it is "acceptable" or not seems to depend simply on how stiff of a rod the management has up their ass combined with how highly ranked your position is that might suggest you can self-govern.

@magus @unimagine

@freemo @unimagine Scientifically speaking, the human brain cannot do real multitasking, so they are not really paying attention.

This guy knows about the question 😁


For starters, an opinion piece is not science. Second, any claim that we cant do multitasking would have to find the best multitasking performers out of a large group then compare the performance over long periods when not multitasking. Something I havent really seen any studies do, so there is no science that shows **everyone** cant multitask.

What general studies I have seen shown, at least among intelligent groups (like doctors) that moderate levels of multitasking produces the greatest output. That is, focusing on just one thing, or focusing on too many is detrimental, that the ideal overall performance is achieved by some moderate middle ground when it comes to multitasking. For example shown in this study:

It is also shown that multi-tasking is a learned skill (so only certain people in a population can do it) and that the skill is closely related to the activity of ones prefrontal cortex:


@freemo thanks for the links! Seems a tough read but I will take the time !

Personally, I found that segmentation of work, like suggested by the Pomodoro technique more efficient! I must be wired for that 😬

@beanface42 There is no doubt different people work best at varying levels of multitasking. But even the pomodoro method is multitasking at a high granularity (the context switching is less often). So there is still some degree of multitasking that cant be avoided.. its just a sliding scale of how much.

I think it has a lot to do with your ability to context switch and boredom. Context switching should be frequent enough that boredom of doing a single task doesnt overwhelm you, but not so often you become ineffective.

@freemo @beanface42 people have had their attention spans mostly ruined. it can take a while (and severe discipline, which is never any fun) to raise it back up.


This professor of Cognitive Psychology is obviously just projecting his insecurities on others. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. 🙄



I dunno, I'd say the multiple authors and peer review professors of psychology that proved him wrong experimentally knew more about what they were talking about than the one phd that wrote an opinion piece to the contrary.



Here’s the real issue. You (and these psychologists) are talking about two different things, and calling them both multi-tasking.

True multi-tasking is doing two things at the same time. People don’t really do that. Not efficiently.

The studies you linked aren’t talking about that. What they’re actually talking about is efficient task switching. This is the thing that you’re talking about that can be learned.

The problem with this is that the original point in all of this conversation isn’t about efficient task-switching, it’s about true multi-tasking, in this case, doing something on your phone, while also listening to a speaker.

You talk about these two things as if they are one, but they aren’t.


@danjones000 Put your money where your mouth is.. I will bet you I can get on webcam with you, type out the fibonaci sequence as you talk, and when im done I can recite anything you said... Willing to bet you 100$ in cryptocurrency I wont even flinch.


If you’ve memorized the Fibonacci sequence, that’s meaningless. You’d just be working on muscle memory. I do that all the time.

I think about something that I’m about to type. Then, I start typing. Someone can come into the office and talk to me, but I’ll continue typing, and talk to the person at the same time, because I’ve already done the focus I need to to decide what to type. My fingers are just working on their own at that point.

I can do that because of the many many years of experience I have with a computer keyboard. As long as I’ve already done the mental work beforehand, the physical work is nothing.

That’s not true multi-tasking, because it doesn’t actually require paying attention to two things at once, unlike the original topic at hand.

@danjones000 then we do the fibonaci sequence but you get to pick the starting 2 seed numbers. That way you know I didnt memorize it.

@freemo @unimagine I am literally unable to concentrate on something I am not interested in if my hands aren't busy with *anything*
Otherwise I would just stare into the void and fall asleep
I really can't not fall asleep if something I listen to doesn't spark my enthusiasm


Its not just that. Multitasking, if you learn to do it right, greatly improves your output, and its kinda obvious why. Any one task is going to have micro-blockers. For example if your programming then you have periods where you wait for it to compile or a big download, in a lecture there may be periods of the talk that you already understand, etc.

So by shifting your focus during the micro-blockers to secondary tasks you dont waste idle time focusing on just one thing just for the sake of it. Moreover, and this is the important part, your subconscious is busy thinking about and working on everything at once. So when you shift back to a task you will almost always find you have a greater understanding than where you left off and the all of a sudden you can see connections and answers you were struggling with before.


@unimagine jokes on you, they’ll become annoyed by it and ban it’s use on them while forcing it on everyone else; just as the courts did with cameras

@unimagine Uh that's possibly the best thing I've ever seen, I'm hoping it's open source lol

@unimagine no
They'll just make it illegal to be used on them for "National Security" reasons

#ImageDescription for attached media on top post, taken from Julien Deswaef's share of the source article by Dries Depoorter:

«photo of people sitting is a hemicycle. Some faces are highlighted by a white square with their twitter handle attached to them. We can read @JanJambon @BartSomers, etc.
And their hands holding a phone are highlighted by a green square showing a text saying "Phone 85.5%", "Phone 81.2%".»

@unimagine Discord server, Belgium. Do you mind linking it? Or is it for specific people only. Not sure of I would be interested, but I have to meet more people tbh.
@unimagine Ah ok, well I am not learning that. Very useful language to learn though.

@unimagine quel coup de maître, donne envie de faire la même chose avec les parlementaires français


This is so cool. Someone needs to set this up with C-SPAN for the US Congress as well.

@unimagine good good AI finally ables to identity garbage :ablobcatfloofpat:

@unimagine I always figured the fascination governments have with facial recognition would end as soon as someone started training it to identify cops.

@unimagine those Flemish politicians...and indeed let them feel what sometimes they decide themselves

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