Researchers at Cornell University have created an AI system based on the Kinect that can watch everything that is going on in a home.
What they have done is to take a standard Kinect with the open source drivers and the PrimeSense Nite software and created a program that can tell what you are doing. The Kinect mounted on a roaming robot or perhaps one in every room can monitor what you are doing – cleaning your teeth, cooking, writing on a whiteboard (the designer are academics after all) and so on.
At a less ambitious level you could use a Kinect to monitor patients say and make sure that they were drinking or eating etc. A more worrying application might be to make sure that workers were doing just that – working and doing the correct task.
This is not a good use of AI. It is intrusive and not at all helpful to the person it is watching. Human beings do not need to be monitored 24/7. It’s not natural. Yet, this is exactly what this system is designed for despite the effort to inform you otherwise.
Your employer will use it spy on you. He will make sure that you are monitored at all times so that you cannot steal anything, even a paperclip, and make sure you are working 100% of the time. This will only be the beginning. Everyone everywhere will be monitored. Threaten your children in the heat of the moment? You no longer have children because the state has taken them away. If you can think of it, there will be a way to watch you while you do it.