Facial recognition technology is increasingly used for everything from government surveillance to convenient online logins, especially in China. A new test reported by Fortune casts doubt on the accuracy of some such systems, however, by showing that they can be fooled by users wearing masks. To perform the test, artificial intelligence company Kneron commissioned high-quality 3D masks that mimicked the face of another person, and tested whether someone could wear one to fool facial recognition systems. Researchers were able to make purchases from another person's account via the AliPay and WeChat payment systems. The team were even able to fool systems at airports.
Fujitsu has announced a new way to pay that is not only cardless, but also touchless, with the non-contact technology able to identify a person using only their palm vein and facial data. According to the Japanese giant, the integrated biometric authentication technology points to a cashless society, noting that the tech could be capable of confirming a person's identity at brick-and-mortar stores or for admissions at event venues. To use the new technology, an individual is required to hold their hands over a payment terminal and look at a camera to have their identity matched. To make the solution possible, Fujitsu said its Laboratories has cut processing size to one-tenth of that offered by conventional technology by developing a simulation algorithm that enables instant facial recognition processing. "Facial data captured by a camera while individuals operate a payment terminal is used to narrow down similar groups from databases that have a scale of 1 million registered users," Fujitsu said in a statement on Thursday.