Microsoft forces people to look at adverts
Or it will disable your computer
Sunday 11 February 2007, 23:06
SOFTWARE BEHEMOTH Microsoft has applied for an odd
patent which forces people to look at advertisements.
Patent number 20070033102 uses face-recognition
webcams to tell if users are paying attention to the advertisement. If
they don't, then the software will disable or repossess the computer.
The patent says that it can make sure that paid
advertising is watched. It involves asking users a question about an
advertisement or requiring data about the advertisement to be entered.
The idea is that when the advertisement is correctly
answered then cash will be sent to a user account.
The big idea is that schools will make a bit of cash
on the side by forcing kids to become marketing guinea pigs and the
patented technology will make sure they obey.