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Warning: the dark side of Apple Watch

Warning: the dark side of Apple Watch
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It's safe to say that the new Apple Watch is a hit, even though the product hasn't actually shipped to customers yet. The new gadget has the potential to change the way we communicate and track our own activity on a daily basis. But, the Apple Watch could also change the workplace of the future by giving your boss a convenient way to spy on your activity and fire inefficient workers.

As the philosopher Julian Baggini wrote in the Guardian, “… smart watches encourage a kind of auto-instrumentalization in which we treat ourselves as machines to be well-oiled, serviced and working at maximum efficiency.” The “quantified self” movement has mostly been conceived–perhaps because that’s how its adherents would like to see it–in terms of “new modes of introspection and self-governance.”

The Apple Watch can connect to the Internet and it's always on, so it be easy for managers to keep track of your activity level in the office. And, because you're unlikely to take the watch off when you leave the office, they can keep tabs on you at home, too. This gives managers the ability collect hard data about employee productivity that could inform employment decisions they make in the future.

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