An employee uses a facial recognition device as she swipes her badge to enter the assembly line area at a Pegatron Corp. factory in Shanghai, China, on Friday, April 15, 2016.(Photo Would you want to have your face tracked by ever present cameras so others can know your identities and whereabouts? While the answer is likely to be no for many in the west, the scenario is becoming a reality in China. Facial-recognition technology, once a staple of Minority Report-style movies, is quickly inserting itself into the daily lives of more and more people in the country. Unfettered by privacy regulations, China's largest internet companies are scooping up hundreds of millions of photos from their online apps to teach computers to analyze facial features.
Traffic police in China are to begin using facial-recognition technology to identify jaywalkers and automatically issue them fines by text. Authorities in Shenzhen already publicly name and shame people who flout the southern city's strict road rules, using CCTV cameras equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) that can recognise offenders. Their faces are then displayed on large screens at crossings and on a government website. Now, the company which provides the technology is in talks with mobile phone carriers and social media firms about developing a system that notifies jaywalkers through instant messages when they are caught by the cameras, crossing the road outside of a marked pedestrian crosswalk at an intersection. "Jaywalking has always been an issue in China and can hardly be resolved just by imposing fines or taking photos of the offenders," Wang Jun, director of marketing solutions at Shenzhen-based AI firm Intellifusion, told the South China Morning Post.
ZHENGZHOU: In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, a police officer wearing facial recognition glasses spotted a heroin smuggler at a train station. In Qingdao, a city famous for its German colonial heritage, cameras powered by artificial intelligence helped police snatch two dozen criminal suspects in the midst of a big annual beer festival. In Wuhu, a fugitive murder suspect was identified by a camera as he bought food from a street vendor. With millions of cameras and billions of lines of code, China is building a high-tech authoritarian future. Beijing is embracing technologies like facial recognition and artificial intelligence to identify and track 1.4 billion people. It wants to assemble a vast and unprecedented national surveillance system, with crucial help from its thriving technology industry.