China Facial Recognition Technology

In a quest to upgrade the surveillance systems, China has implemented facial recognition technology across sixteen regions of the country.

Supposedly, the system can scan over China’s population which is about 1.4 billion in 1 second and the world’s population in almost 2 seconds.

The facial recognition system in question is a part of Skynet; an initiative launched back in 2005 that has finally come to fruition.

Skynet is China’s countrywide monitoring program that aims to boost the usage as well as the performance of surveillance cameras.

At present, China has employed about 170 million surveillance cameras and plans to increase this number up to 570 million by 2020. This means there would be one camera for every two citizens in the country.

In the past two years, the escalated usage of facial recognition technology in China has helped in arresting over 2,000 people.

With the help of this super-fast surveillance system, the police can now track movements of suspicious targets, find missing persons, and even predict crimes.

The developers have claimed that this particular system has an accuracy rate of 99.8% and it works well irrespective of angle or lighting conditions.

China intends to be at the forefront of the artificial intelligence industry, and this facial recognition technology is just a small part of it.

An evidence supporting this fact is the number of AI patents applied in China last year, which were apparently five times more than that of US.

Thus for the first time, China managed to secure more investment than the US in the international AI platform.

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