China's government is thought to be using brain-scanning technology to track the performance of factory workers and military officials.
That's the bold claim made in a report from the South China Morning Post, it has backed a range of projects that supposedly use surveillance technology to harvest data from industrial workers' brains.
The report suggests that the Chinese government has already rolled out the technology to factories, public transport organisations, state-owned companies and the military across the country.
Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric, which produces power information and technology goods, has admitted that it has outfitted its employees with special caps that can mine data their brainwaves.
By analysing this information, the company said it is able to identify the emotions of its employees and decrease mental stress in a bid to improve production rates and workflows.
The firm has kitted out safety helmets and uniform hats with wireless sensors that generate data from people's brains and send it back to a central computer.
When data is collected, it is put through a system that, the report claims, can identify emotional states, such as depression, anxiety and anger.
Cheng Jingzhou, who is responsible for the initiative, said State Grid Zhejiang Electric Power is also using the technology and has seen a profit increase of two billion yuan (£230m).
In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Cheng said there was "no doubt" that the technology is having a positive effect on the company.
Currently, the company employs 40,000 employees who work across its power supply and distribution business. Cheng claimed that they have been producing better results since being exposed to the technology.
Ningbo Shenyang Logistics is another firm that is using similar technology. It has combined brain sensors with virtual reality to train employs.
The business claims that the technology has helped produce a revenue growth of 140 million yuan (£16m) over a period of two years.
"It has significantly reduced the number of mistakes made by our workers," said Zhao Binjian, manager of the business.
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