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Professor Has Camera Surgically Implanted In the Back of His Head

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the cheating-impossible dept.

Education 119

There won't be any cheating in professor Wafaa Bilal's class anymore. The New York University photography professor is having a camera surgically implanted in the back of his head. The camera will take a still picture every minute for one year, and the best shots will be put on display at a new museum in Qatar. Visitors can also watch a live stream of images from the camera which has some NYU administrators and faculty worried about student privacy. "Obviously you don't want students to be under the burden of constant surveillance; it's not a good teaching environment," said Fred Ritchin, associate chairman of the department.

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Good luck taking a plane after this (2, Interesting)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 3 years ago | (#34242536)

Welcome to the wonderful world of TSA!

Re:Good luck taking a plane after this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34243130)

We'll be getting our heads groped now. Those with religious headgear (jewish kippas, sikh turbans, don't even get me started with muslim garb) are doomed.

Re:Good luck taking a plane after this (1)

GarryFre (886347) | more than 3 years ago | (#34245632)

LoL at the subject.

camhat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34242548)

what's wrong with having it on a hat?

Re:camhat? (1, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243036)

what's wrong with having it on a hat?

Anyone can put a camera on a hat. It takes real commitment to individuality to get one crammed into the back of your head. I just hope the camera doesn't have the dreaded 'Apple Battery Replacement Plan' that requires you to send it in to get the battery replaced.

Re:camhat? (2, Funny)

S.O.B. (136083) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243390)

I just hope the camera doesn't have the dreaded 'Apple Battery Replacement Plan' that requires you to send it in to get the battery replaced.

Or worse...I hope he didn't use a Sony laptop battery. He could wind up with a lot more than a headache.

Re:camhat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34243562)

Because doing that wouldn't be stupid enough to get media coverage and lots of page views, and comments etc.

It's the getting famous by doing something exceptionally stupid method.

He's just trying to out-do the idiot professor in the UK who regularly implants stupid stuff into his body.

Re:camhat? (1)

Nevynxxx (932175) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243784)

Captain Cyborg's implants aren't exactly stupid. They at least mean the doors in his department buildings open automatically for him, and he *is* a professor of cybernetics! [wikimedia.org]

Re:camhat? (2, Insightful)

golden age villain (1607173) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243846)

They at least mean the doors in his department buildings open automatically for him

Yes but is that interesting or relevant? To me it's just a PR stunt. This guy is a professor of photography and has a camera implanted in his head. It's just on par.

Re:camhat? (1)

slick7 (1703596) | more than 3 years ago | (#34246326)

They at least mean the doors in his department buildings open automatically for him

Yes but is that interesting or relevant? To me it's just a PR stunt. This guy is a professor of photography and has a camera implanted in his head. It's just on par.

A PR stunt? Any garage door opener should fix that. Hope he doesn't have plans to see the president, the secret service would have a fit.

Anyone got a (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34242550)

laser pointer?

Why the back? (2, Insightful)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 3 years ago | (#34242570)

Is there that much interesting stuff going on behind him? As he is a professor, I suspect a lot of the footage will be of the wall behind his desk in his office... Hopefully there is a TV or a window there or something.

Re:Why the back? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34242870)

How embarrassed he is going to be when we see a femdom dressed in black leather and a funny thing strapped around her waist on her knees behind him with her hand pull his head back by the hair.

Re:Why the back? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34242918)

USE COMMAS! For the love of God, USE COMMAS!

Re:Why the back? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34243060)

lower case letters man for the love of god use lowercase letters where theyre supposed to be

Re:Why the back? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34243168)

I did, I used lowercase when I wasn't shouting! SOMETIMES I NEED TO SHOUT!

Re:Why the back? (1)

ginbot462 (626023) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243190)

Dude take your meds. You're arguing with yourself again.

Re:Why the back? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34243596)

I always hated that "Don't use all caps, it's considered shouting." Yes, thank you, it's actually sometimes my intention to convey shouting, either to stress a point or convey irony, "WOW THANKS FOR POINTING THAT OUT, I NEVER KNEW!".

Re:Why the back? (2, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#34242878)

I'm thinking it will be full of many final year students making rude gestures :)

Re:Why the back? (2, Informative)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 3 years ago | (#34242912)

Obviously he's not a parent. We already have eyes in the back of our heads...

Re:Why the back? (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243162)

No, you only thought you did.

Signed, your adult kids 20 years from now

HAHA (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243586)

HAHA

Your parents, 2 seconds after your youngest learns to crawl.

Vengeance is a dish best served ice cold and on a good nights sleep which your kids are unlikely to have for the next two decades.

Re:Why the back? (2, Insightful)

Jason Levine (196982) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243650)

Not only do I have eyes in the back of our heads to catch my kids getting into trouble, but I can the ability to sense when they are getting into trouble even when they are out of sight. If they're being extremely quiet, they're likely getting into trouble.

Of course, these "parental super powers" are balanced off by the kids' super powers such as "ability to stretch arms to reach items thought out of their reach" and "ability to tell when mom and dad are having 'alone time' and would prefer not being interrupted."

Re:Why the back? (2, Insightful)

jav1231 (539129) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243862)

My friend who knew me pre-children freaked when he first saw this behavior. Me, him, and my two daughters walking through the grocery store. My eyes looking ahead down the aisle, kids behind me: "Nope, put that back." He turned and said, "Dude! That's creepy!" He has a daughter now.

Re:Why the back? (2, Informative)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243938)

I had the same thing with my sister (who does not have children). My son was in another room and I yelled over for him to put back the thing he'd just gotten out of the closet. My sister ran over and looked into the room and was amazed that, yeah, he had done exactly what I said.

It's not magic. It's just being extra alert and knowing your kid's personality, mood, likely interests, etc., and being able to make short-term projections about what they are doing. And frankly it is damned exhausting.

Re:Why the back? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34242958)

Probably because he pees from the front.

Re:Why the back? (1)

14erCleaner (745600) | more than 3 years ago | (#34242968)

Eight hours per day, every minute, while he's asleep. That's like 175,000 pictures of a pillow. Wow.

Re:Why the back? (1)

windcask (1795642) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243008)

Or if he's a side sleeper, there'd be no need for a timestamp on the photo (as long as he faces away from his alarm clock).

Re:Why the back? (1)

brainboyz (114458) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243334)

Or of his partner depending on position.

Re:Why the back? (1)

CCarrot (1562079) | more than 3 years ago | (#34245668)

Eight hours per day, every minute, while he's asleep. That's like 175,000 pictures of a pillow. Wow.

Not to mention the riveting photos of his car's headrest, if he has any kind of a commute (or pics out the window of the subway car, I suppose, if it's NY)

Basically, if there's anything interesting going on in the area, this camera is most likely to be pointed away from the action, if this guy is at all observant of his surroundings...

Re:Why the back? (4, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243022)

Why surgically? This could easily be worn all the time like a collar.

Honestly, "professors" are getting pretty dimwitted lately, there is ZERO reason to surgically implant a camera except for trying to get infections and nasty medical problems. IF it's not wired to his brain, its pure stupid to implant it.

A better idea, a non removable waterproof collar with 8 cameras in it capturing a 360 degree view around him. This will not cause the nasty infection that will kill him in 6 months when the battery leaks and pumps heavy metals into his head.

Re:Why the back? (5, Insightful)

sco08y (615665) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243202)

Why surgically? This could easily be worn all the time like a collar.

Because he's an attention whore.

Re:Why the back? (1)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 3 years ago | (#34244628)

Why surgically? This could easily be worn all the time like a collar.

Because he's an attention whore.

You also forgot idiot.

For someone educated enough to be called "Professor", he seems to be lacking in common sense.

Re:Why the back? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34244886)

Why surgically? This could easily be worn all the time like a collar.

Because he's an attention whore.

You also forgot idiot.

For someone educated enough to be called "Professor", he seems to be lacking in common sense.

Ah, gotta love Slashdot, where there are people to whom that comes as a surprise.

Re:Why the back? (1)

toxonix (1793960) | more than 3 years ago | (#34244894)

My sentiments exactly. You can tell because of his "Blue Steel" look in the photograph.

Re:Why the back? (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243484)

"there is ZERO reason to surgically implant a camera except for trying to get infections and nasty medical problems."
And media coverage, of course.

Re:Why the back? (1)

delinear (991444) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243718)

Indeed. Funding drying up? Become a cyborg! Except we've now had dozens of these "professor gets X inserted/implanted/grafted to Y" stories. I wouldn't mind if even one cyborg professor had ever gone on a mad killing rampage as a result, but so far: nothing.

Re:Why the back? (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 3 years ago | (#34246132)

Here in the UK we have the undisputable King of the Cyborg Media Whores, Professor Kevin Warwick.

Re:Why the back? (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243694)

Why surgically? This could easily be worn all the time like a collar.

Two potential reasons, neither great:

1. Honesty. With it surgically implanted, you -know- it's going to stay on him. He can't take it off to go to a whorehouse in Mexico, for example. That said, he could easily say it malfunctioned during that time, and anyway, who cares if he does?

2. Other people can't easily compel him to take it off. In theory anyway. When entering the country, he'll get to photograph that holy sanctum of customs that no one else is allowed to (since if terrorists knew what color the carpet was in those places, they'd totally win.) At least until customs agents arrest him and take the memory card and then detain him for a year suspecting he has a bomb surgically implanted.

Re:Why the back? (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243952)

A better idea, a non removable waterproof collar with 8 cameras in it capturing a 360 degree view around him.

And I'm sure an arabic guying wearing what looks like an explosive suicide collar will be an instant hit wherever he goes. On plus side think of all the 360 degree photos he will have of police cordons, helicopters and SWAT vans to put up on his site. Assuming he lives long enough to put them up.

Re:Why the back? (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243080)

Is there that much interesting stuff going on behind him?

I guess he could start moonlighting as a cameraman for those "out the back window" shots ... or in reverse POV gay porn movies.

Re:Why the back? (1)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243686)

Maybe that is where he had some empty space in his head.

Re:Why the back? (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243942)

Is there that much interesting stuff going on behind him?

Girlfriend wearing a giant strap-on?

I can only imagine... (1)

Scyth3 (988321) | more than 3 years ago | (#34242578)

Changing the cameras batteries is going to be a bitch.

Re:I can only imagine... (1)

night_flyer (453866) | more than 3 years ago | (#34244526)

yeah, you don't want to know where they put those...

Not implanted (4, Insightful)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34242588)

The thumbnail-sized camera will be affixed to his head through a piercing-like attachment, his NYU colleagues say.

Not the same.
And why is this 'STUFF THAT MATTERS' because it really doesn't matter. You could have the same result by wearing a headband with a camera attached to it.

Re:Not implanted (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 3 years ago | (#34242608)

And why is this 'STUFF THAT MATTERS' because it really doesn't matter. You could have the same result by wearing a headband with a camera attached to it.

You did notice this is filed under Idle?

Re:Not implanted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34242984)

wtf is wrong with ppl today. what a douche bag.

Re:Not implanted (5, Informative)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243014)

Well, the real reason this matters is that similar technology could be used to attach a laser beam to the head of a shark.

Re:Not implanted (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243246)

I think what matter more is that that was modded Informative rather than Funny . . .

Re:Not implanted (1)

CCarrot (1562079) | more than 3 years ago | (#34245554)

I think what matter more is that that was modded Informative rather than Funny . . .

My thoughts exactly!

I can just see several /.-ers mentally revising their shark/laser-beam blueprints now...I know mine'll need an update...

Re:Not implanted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34245324)

Someone or something has jumped the shark.

Re:Not implanted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34245544)

wow, what a novel concept, please remind us about it in next story..

Re:Not implanted (1)

intellitech (1912116) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243158)

Yes, it would be slightly less permanent, too.

Re:Not implanted (1)

stagg (1606187) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243330)

There wouldn't be much gained by actually implanting it in your skull either.

Re:Not implanted (1)

glowimperial (705397) | more than 3 years ago | (#34245222)

So he's got it strapped to a transdermal piercing? That is far, far from an implant. But you know that the art world technonoobs will eat it up as if it has some kind of brain interface or something. You would not believe the technological ignorance of curators and museum professionals.

Saw this one coming (1)

Jon Abbott (723) | more than 3 years ago | (#34242616)

Hook up a GPS and connect it to a live version of Google Street View and you're done [slashdot.org] .

woo (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 3 years ago | (#34242724)

Constant surveillance of NYU students? Sounds dull. If I want to watch a bunch of pretentious, talentless, hipster trust fund kids from flyover states who think they're going to make it big in NYC as artists/musicians/directors, I'll just go hang out in Williamsburgh. I don't need to go all the way to Qatar.

Why not... (1)

kenh (9056) | more than 3 years ago | (#34242760)

...just wear a hat? Seems a bit less extreme, less expensive, and would ultimately prove much, much simpler...

I really hope this guy isn't the "catcher"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34242802)

in his relationship, if you catch my drift.

Is he Kevin Warwicks long lost brother? (3, Insightful)

Viol8 (599362) | more than 3 years ago | (#34242874)

Just another silly attention seeking stunt. What exactly is he trying to prove other than what a fool he is?

Re:Is he Kevin Warwicks long lost brother? (3, Funny)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#34242952)

Yeah I was expecting this story to be about that guy.

On the plus side, if he gets raped then he'll have plenty of evidence.

Re:Is he Kevin Warwicks long lost brother? (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243406)

Let's be honest here, who would want to rape a guy with a camera implanted in the back of his head? If he's willing to do that, then who knows what else he's put in his body over the years....

Re:Is he Kevin Warwicks long lost brother? (1)

Wiarumas (919682) | more than 3 years ago | (#34244450)

Not if the crime lasts under a minute.

Re:Is he Kevin Warwicks long lost brother? (2, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243042)

Proving that an advanced degree and tenure do not make you smart?

Re:Is he Kevin Warwicks long lost brother? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34244960)

Anybody who's ever gone to college could have told you that.

Re:Is he Kevin Warwicks long lost brother? (1)

Potor (658520) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243108)

That's what they said about Galileo, Newton, and Einstein.

Re:Is he Kevin Warwicks long lost brother? (1)

shadowrat (1069614) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243514)

Yes, but their greatest claims to fame were not stupid.

Re:Is he Kevin Warwicks long lost brother? (1)

Viol8 (599362) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243542)

I don't think taking pictures of students is going to give rise to ground breaking scientific advancements. They might give rise to various lawsuits though , especially the ones taken in the toilets.

In the wise words of Sagan... (3, Interesting)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 3 years ago | (#34245212)

That's what they said about Galileo, Newton, and Einstein.

"They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown." - Carl Sagan

Re:In the wise words of Sagan... (1)

Potor (658520) | more than 3 years ago | (#34245466)

That's a bingo

needs a psychologist (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 3 years ago | (#34242942)

He obviously has insecurity about what people do when he isn't looking. Are they talking about me, making faces at me, I wonder!

End of an age-old practice (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243120)

Teacher: "Tommy, to the office for shooting that spit-ball, now!"

Tommy: "I didn't do it, Bobby did it!"

Teacher: "Instant replay, observe....."

Tommy: "Drats! See ya at the office, Professor Bilal."

Re:End of an age-old practice (1)

Digero (974682) | more than 3 years ago | (#34246162)

The instant replay rule has ruined college spitball. The professors aren't worried about making a good call anymore because of official reviews, and its making the classes longer and ruining spitball. Just get rid of it.

Personal privacy (1)

omnibit (1737004) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243166)

Because Mr. Bilal is an active professor, teaching three courses this semester and scheduled to teach this spring, his special camera could capture not just his personal activity, but also his interactions with students.

That could make for really awkward viewing by the selection committee as they look through his private life.

What a total moron (0)

eyenot (102141) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243178)

Everything the guy does is derivative, politically founded work only posing as "art", which he even goes so far as to get politically embroiled in lieu of performance. He even looks like a moron. GOD how can this man keep his job?

Huh. Okay, I have the solution. He's putting a camera on his head is a career *move*, as in he knows he's too foolish and moronic to continue to teach for very long, so he's preparing for a career in reality TV directing.

Likely story (1)

eyrieowl (881195) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243200)

I recognize a Skilosh demon spawn when I see one. Quick, somebody get the deoculation powder!

Justin.tv (1)

lullabud (679893) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243312)

This is really not much different than Justin.tv, right? I mean... sure, the Prof is getting pierced, and it faces backwards, but the idea is the same. Is Justin.tv in a Museum?

after readig TFA... (2, Informative)

RapmasterT (787426) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243344)

It seems like this guy is a serial offender of jackassery.

I guess that's what you get from someone who is a professor of photography, and likely is constantly ridiculed and bullied by the "real art" professors.

There's so much fail surrounding this idea that it's not even worthy of commenting on what all is wrong with it.

Get a Halon system installed, too (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243426)

That way, when the Li-ion battery inside his head catches fire, he won't have to try to rip open his skull before flames shoot out his eyes like General Grievous.

Love it! (1)

ddt (14627) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243548)

I disagree about the constant surveillance environment comment by Fred Ritchin. It's a great environment. One of my most frustrating issues is my students goofing off in facebook while I teach.

I also think it's great training for this new world where privacy has become illusory. Things have gone transparent, and if someone wants a creative new view of the world, I feel that's his prerogative. We should be allowed to do whatever we want with any photons bouncing off us.

this is the strange (1)

toxonix (1793960) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243572)

What the fuck is with his photo? I see the birth of a meme.

This isn't original (1)

abbynormal brain (1637419) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243836)

I already saw someone do this in a gay space movie .... uh ... damn!

Um (1)

jav1231 (539129) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243884)

Is it me or does that guy look like a Zoolander reject!?

Educators Know One Very Well (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243932)

Never turn your back on the Students.

Where is the stream? (1)

gravis777 (123605) | more than 3 years ago | (#34243940)

The camera will take a still picture every minute for one year, and the best shots will be put on display at a new museum in Qatar. Visitors can also watch a live stream of images from the camera which has some NYU administrators and faculty worried about student privacy.

does this mean I have to go to the musuem to see the stream, or is there a website? Seriously, no uStream link?

There's only one thing I want to know (1)

eugene2k (1213062) | more than 3 years ago | (#34244020)

Does it run Linux?

In other news... (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 3 years ago | (#34244090)

... New camera model to come with idiot attached.

Not everything is art (1)

DreamArcher (1690064) | more than 3 years ago | (#34244368)

1. The dude that had friends filming drowning him and then reviving him. 2. The guy that shot up the college but had been submitting creative writing of it. No, not everything is art. This is just a lame stretch.

Re:Not everything is art (1)

glowimperial (705397) | more than 3 years ago | (#34245182)

Tell that to the art world. Right now as far as major museums are concerned, planting a garden in your yard is high art.

This is why tenure is a bad idea. (1)

billybob_jcv (967047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34244400)

They really shouldn't let Borg drones become teachers.

What's mine say? (1)

keytohwy (975131) | more than 3 years ago | (#34244500)

Dude! Sweet! Dude! Sweet!

Worried about student privacy in a classroom??? (2, Insightful)

MDillenbeck (1739920) | more than 3 years ago | (#34244532)

My reaction was 'What... the administration thinks a classroom is a private place?!?' Of course, with a camera in the back of one's head, there are certain legal considerations (like not being able to use a public restroom or go into certain areas... and don't stand with your back towards a Swedish military base, as it is illegal to photograph those... and don't use the MTA, as personal photos are allowed until you actually try it, then they will come and kick you out for life... but I'm rambling). However, I really think we are in trouble once we start calling streets, classrooms, stores, and so forth private areas. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy. (Try the acid test, would most people be comfortable having sex there? No? Then it most likely isn't private.)

To secure his fame... (2, Interesting)

stoicfaux (466273) | more than 3 years ago | (#34244794)

To secure his internet fame, he should head to Saudi Arabia, do something seriously un-Islamic and get himself beheaded.

On a side note, who would own the copyrights?

this will all be fixed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34244914)

Because the camera will break after his boyfriend donkey punches him.

well at least (1)

eXFeLoN (954179) | more than 3 years ago | (#34245160)

now he'll finally know who's being putting those kick me signs on his back!

A woman (1)

NetServices (1479949) | more than 3 years ago | (#34245202)

He must be married.

He needs a Brain implant (0)

qbkspit (1941568) | more than 3 years ago | (#34245276)

This man needs an extra brain implant not the freaking camera! Look at the picture, he already looks retarded..

This guy should... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34245810)

Have a boot surgically installed UP HIS ASS!

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