Skip to comments.China’s All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens’ Faces
Posted on 06/28/2017 3:16:25 PM PDT by Theoria
In vast social-engineering experiment, facial-recognition systems crunch data from ubiquitous cameras to monitor citizens
SHENZHENGan Liping pumped her bike across a busy street, racing to beat a crossing light before it turned red. She didnt make it. Immediately, her face popped up on two video screens above the street. Jaywalkers will be captured using facial-recognition technology, the screens said.
Facial-recognition technology, once a specter of dystopian science fiction, is becoming a feature of daily life in China, where authorities are using it on streets, in subway stations, at airports and at border crossings in a vast experiment in social engineering. Their goal: to influence behavior and identify lawbreakers.
Ms. Gan, 31 years old, had been caught on camera crossing illegally here once before, allowing the system to match her two images. Text displayed on the crosswalk screens identified her as a repeat offender.
I wont ever run a red light again, she said.
China is rushing to deploy new technologies to monitor its people in ways that would spook many in the U.S. and the West. Unfettered by privacy concerns or public debate, Beijings authoritarian leaders are installing iris scanners at security checkpoints in troubled regions and using sophisticated software to monitor ramblings on social media.
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Yeah, so does ours. Wake up!
What? I can’t even jaywalk in China anymore?
They do here?
Communists being Communists.
And just think, they get to move here pretty much at will.
Even better, when they get here, they get preferences over 10th generation Americans.
Pretty soon, they ARE the police, and this crap happens.
Just take a look at the SFPD.
Shades of “Minority Report!”
Dystopian is right and it is going to get worse.
Of course they do. Police cars are now equipped with cameras that take down license plates in all directions and where the automobiles were located when filmed. There are all kinds of examples. The British have cameras EVERYWHERE, especially in London.
Let’s see... the perp has straight black hair, Chinese eyes, is a little over 5 feet tall... that narrows down our search to... most of the population of China.
But seriously, how does facial recognition work in a country where so many people have such homogeneous features? I saw a picture of about a dozen high school aged kids (seemingly Chinese, but they could have been from a different Asian country) and they all looked remarkably similar to each other.
Think a few thousand false positives will stop the ChiComs?
I don’t know any Chinese folks well enough to ask them, but I wonder if white people look all the same to them?
More depth and breadth of databases to cross reference, alongside more restricted movement of individuals. Such a system makes it easier to catch locals while being able to spot and question outliers.
What? You mean they all don’t look alike?
Well, that’s just raciss’ ;-)
This is what happens when freedoms are not valued. We don’t have to worry (snark).
At first 20+ years ago, China was afraid of the internet and technology - people could get information outside official channels, people would have more freedom, etc.etc.
Then China slowly learned, on its own, but also with the help of the West and its companies - if Government controlled chat and social-media platforms, they could have access to everything anyone said! If the government promoted on-line and e-payments, they could track every penny spent! With simple firewalls, unwanted information could be easily filtered! With real-time recognition software, it could track every person and every vehicles movement!
Then China came to love the internet and technology.
Yes, but not as much. It depends on the type of "lao wai" (term for foreigners). Whites are more varied - they have different tones of skin, different hair colors, and widely different body sizes and facial features and facial hair. Think of the basic difference between a Swede and a Sicilian. if Chinese meet a group of blonde Danish women, all with long hair, they may feel they all look alike, but usually, groupings of "foreigners" are much more varied. Regarding blacks/Africans - where groupings can be more homogenous (for example, there are already a couple hundred thousand Nigerians and West Africans living legally and illegally in Guangzhou City) then yes, Chinese will feel they all tend to look the same
#7 and no politician ever gets a ticket somehow : )
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