Xbox 360 tech to prevent kids from viewing porn?

A patent application from Microsoft surrounds using 3D body-detecting technology to determine the age of anyone using the Xbox 360. Is this to prevent the underage from viewing the overwrought?

If 11-year-olds can easily sign up to Facebook, surely they are smart enough to do all sorts of other naughty things--like downloading pirated TV shows and, well, other types of film that 11-year-olds should most definitely not watch.

It seems, though, that Microsoft, perhaps channeling the security philosophy of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, is intending to do something about the rampant deterioration of our society's moral core and pip.

For Geekwire reports that the company has applied for a patent on technology that would allow it to guess the age of anyone using an Xbox 360 peripheral.

Soon, this will not be your only controller. CC Mybroetchen/Flickr

There seems to be a slight uncertainty inherent in the word "guess." However, this technology uses a 3D depth camera to examine such vital statistics as the size of the user's head and other prominent parts in order to guesstimate their age.

Anyone who has gone through several of life's stages will know, though, that there are strange physical specimens in this world. There are 13-year-olds built like Arnold Schwarzenegger, just as there are adults built like Tom Cruise.

Fortunately, for those parents who are still in vague control of their family, the patent does reportedly allow for adults to override the system.

This particular patent application was filed in 2010 but only brought into the public eye last week.

There is no reason to believe that Microsoft intends to implement this technology imminently. But is yet another indication of the world that is to come, a world of technology attempting to control, while humans fight for freedom to the very last.

 

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