Local police in China used facial recognition to recognize and arrest a man in a crowd of 60,000 people.
With the help of artificial intelligence, the Chinese police were able to choose the man during a concert. The Telegraph reported that the man was identified simply by his surname, Ao.
According to China Daily Ao was surprised that the police found him.
"The suspect was surprised that he was among tens of thousands of people," said Officer Li Jin of the Honggutan Police Station. in Nanchang said. "We installed several cameras at the entrance of the ticket, which was equipped with facial recognition technology."
The facial recognition technology used here is different from the one found in something like iPhone for example. As South China Morning Post described, China's facial recognition technology uses more than 80 different nodal points as identification attributes to build a "faceprint" for each individual.
Facial recognition technology is huge in China. Cross the street incorrectly, for example, and facial recognition technology will send you a text message with a fine . As Maya Wang, researcher at Human Rights Watch, Washington Post noted, China's "total lack of effective privacy protections", together with the selection of people considered "politically threatening", is what sets it apart. . According to Atlantic the surveillance of Chinese facial recognition along with the next social credit system could lead to omniscience.
Unfortunately, AI can not recognize all types of people equally. A study by MIT called Gender Shades showed how some AIs can not distinguish, or even recognize, brown faces. While this facial recognition surveillance can be used in a place like Nanchang, Jiangxi, and in a person like Ao, the odds of mistaking a dark-skinned person for another in a different city may be greater.