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Chinese man caught by facial recognition at pop concert
As reported in yesterday’s Vol.2201, one could alter his or her face with an app on smartphone. Though human viewers may be easily impressed by such enhanced facial appearance, cameras linked to AI face recognition systems aren’t.
Also reported in Vol.2142, China has the world most extensive surveillance network. There are 170 million closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras that produce images or recordings for surveillance in public places and street corners across the country. A few of such cameras installed in a concert hall caught an image of a man among 60,000 concert goers and identified him as an economic crime suspect. He was caught by police officers when he sat in his seat. There will be 500 million such cameras installed across the country soon.
As facial recognition technologies advance, the face may someday become a person’s identification replacing documents or cards, such as passport, driver’s license, credit card, social security card, or even tickets. Will such surveillance and convenience by advanced face recognition technologies make you give up privacy?
Enjoy reading the article and think of a world where everyone is located, and every transaction or access is monitored.