Skip to comments.Facial recognition used to publicly shame jaywalkers and toilet paper thieves in China
Posted on 10/21/2017 9:29:11 PM PDT by Olog-hai
From toilet-paper dispensers to fast-food restaurants, travel and crimefighting, China is taking the lead in rolling out facial-recognition technology. But while advocates warn it makes life easier, quicker and safer, opponents counter that it is another example of how the Chinese government keeps a sinister and increasingly close eye on its 1.4 billion people.
Shanghai and other Chinese cities have recently started deploying facial recognition to catch those who flout the rules of the road. Jaywalkers at some Shanghai intersections have their images flashed up on a nearby screen for public shaming and must pay a fine of 20 yuan (2.50) to have it removed. And people at the crossing hardly blinked.
Communist-ruled China is already one of worlds most heavily monitored societies, with estimates of more than 176 million surveillance cameras in operation. [ ]
All Chinese over 16 must hold an ID card with their picture and address, meaning authorities have a vast trove of information. Experts say China is racing ahead of Western countries in deploying facial scanners owing to its comparatively lax privacy laws and because Chinese are used to having their pictures, fingerprints and other personal details taken.
Park managers at Beijings Temple of Heaven went so far as to install facial recognition devices at lavatories in the imperial-era landmark earlier this year to catch toilet-paper thieves. If someone returns too soon for more toilet paper, they are met with a polite rejection by a machine that recognizes them and advises: Please try again later.
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They care more about toilet paper than their little girls?
The irony of facial recognition technology in a country of 1.5 billion lookalikes. “Uhhh...Chin did it.”
Well, not the government. If they did, they’d be importing more and not be decimating the girls.
(I've always wondered)
Probably “gou” (their word for the domestic dog).
Public bathrooms in China often don’t have any TP. So when people see it, especially women, they take it in case the next place doesn’t have any. It becomes a really ingrained habit and many women in Chine will have a purse full of clean toilet paper they’ve taken from public bathrooms.
A counselor in Hong Kong once told me it is called “The poverty Spirit Complex” because it is normally done by people that grew up in abject poverty and are, at some level afraid that they will lose everything and have to live in destitution again.
I wonder if we could use that technique to shame EBT card users.
Disturbing how debased the population becomes under communism. Toilet paper thieves in China are those who use more than 10 squares, and people are forced to accept cameras watching them even in the loo.
In the book “The Naked Communist”, it was noted that the only kind of people that could live under Marxian society would be “a race of human beings conditioned to think like criminals”, “who would no longer depend on free will, morals, ethics or conscience for guidance”. That would be a race of zombies, to be sure; and of course, since they think as a criminal does, they would require constant surveillance and necessarily be inured to it as prisoners would have to be.
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