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China Facial Recognition Gives Police a Match Within a Second

China Facial Recognition Gives Police a Match Within a Second

Police officer wears a pair of smartglasses with a facial recognition system at a railway station in China's central Henan province. (AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 13 March 2018 12:22 PM

China’s police have started using facial recognition glasses in Beijing to identify people and car license plate numbers, reportedly matching them within a national database in less than a second.

The technology was already seen in use in sunglasses by police last month at a Henan railway station, the Business Insider reported, a sign that authorities were greatly expanding facial recognition technology.

The glasses, powered by artificial intelligence technology, are made by LL Vision and have been praised in helping identify several criminal suspects connected with human trafficking and traffic violations.

Some are concerned that a blacklist database could include a wide range of people, from lawyers and artists to political dissidents, charity workers, journalists and rights activists.

China has beefed up surveillance in recent years, posting more than 170 million surveillance cameras around the country and the government hopes to more than triple the total by 2020.

"(China's) leadership once felt a degree of trepidation over the advancement of the internet and communication technologies," David Bandurski, co-director of the China Media Project, a media studies research project at the University of Hong Kong, told Reuters.

"It now sees them as absolutely indispensable tools of social and political control."

Wu Fei, chief executive of LLVision, told Reuters that Chinese authorities are using his equipment for the "noble causes" of catching criminal suspects and they should not worry about violations of their privacy.

"We trust the government," Wu said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has made a major push to use artificial intelligence, facial recognition, and big data technology to track and control behavior that goes against the interests of the ruling Communist Party online and globally, per Reuters.

The state-run Science and Technology Daily newspaper said cameras at the recent Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference had been upgraded to capture, analyze, and compare suspicious faces in around two seconds, powered by a system curiously called "Skynet," which has a national database of blacklisted individuals.

The term "Skynet" has deep roots in Hollywood science fiction as the net-based artificial intelligence hub of killer robots seeking to destroy the human race in "The Terminator" movie franchise.

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