Facial recognition technology is to be used in joint Scottish farming study to identify pigs’ emotional states.
It’s claimed that “By focussing on the pig’s face, we hope to deliver a truly animal-centric welfare assessment technique, where the animal can ‘tell’ us how it feels about its own individual experiences and environment.”, and that this will “reduce production costs by preventing impact of health issues on performance.”.
We’ll take a wild guess at how the pigs feel without the need for AI.
They’re miserable, they’re frightened and they’re devoid of hope.
And this is even before they’re carted off to the slaughterhouse.
It’s what happens when you take any sentient animal, human or non-human, and turn them into slaves and products.
Openly admitting the complex emotional and sensory capacity of a victim while profitting from their suffering, and their deaths.
This is where we are. It has to end.