Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

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  1. hawki

    hawki Registered Member

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    "...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...

    In some cities, cameras scan train stations for China’s most wanted. Billboard-size displays show the faces of jaywalkers and list the names of people who can’t pay their debts. Facial recognition scanners guard the entrances to housing complexes. Already, China has an estimated 200 million surveillance cameras — four times as many as the United States....

    '“The goal is algorithmic governance,'...

    China has become the world’s biggest market for security and surveillance technology, with analysts estimating the country will have almost 300 million cameras installed by 2020. Chinese buyers will snap up more than three-quarters of all servers designed to scan video footage for faces,...

    Government contracts are fueling research and development into technologies that track faces, clothing and even a person’s gait..."

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/08/business/china-surveillance-technology.html

    Long, Scary Read
     
  2. Stefan Froberg

    Stefan Froberg Registered Member

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    Good lord! :eek:
    They actually have facial recognition software called "Skynet" o_O
     
  3. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    Indeed:
    Someone has a sense of humor, I guess. Or maybe they just see it differently. As in, the eye in the sky is your friend :)
     
  4. Stefan Froberg

    Stefan Froberg Registered Member

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    Yea...
    I just really really hope that all that madness (massive facial scanning, AI powered sunglasses and behaviour scores attached to citizens) does not spread beyond china borders...
     
  5. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    Well, I'm not optimistic about that. The justifications will be different, of course.
     
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