Technology enforces quarantine.
In China, the video camera circuit that monitors the movements of all citizens has been converted into a system to enforce quarantine. Furthermore, in railway stations and airports, video cameras equipped with remote thermal scanning have been provided, in order to check the temperature of people without having to measure them one at a time, all thanks to Artificial Intelligence.
Despite not having a pervasive video surveillance system like the Chinese one, South Korea uses a smartphone app that intercepts the GPS signal to check compliance with the obligations to stay at home. When the application detects that the user has left a predefined area, an alert is automatically sent to the government officer assigned to each citizen. South Korea in a few days has drastically reversed the trend of infections: after a peak of 900 new cases of COVID-19 recorded on February 29, the number has halved in two days and has steadily decreased to the point of falling under 150 new cases daily from 11 March.
Let’s talk about technological scenarios, leaving aside for a moment the question of respect for personal freedom.
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