We Try To Outwit China’s ‘Big Brother’ Cameras
- Published on Feb 14, 2019
- While there’s speculation that the NYPD (New York Police Department) is using China’s facial recognition technology in secret, cities like Wuzhen in China have security systems in place that can use facial recognition tech to find people in minutes.
#WhyItMatters host Joshua Lim times how long the Wuzhen security team takes to find him among a crowd of 40,000, and speaks to Jin Jue Lin, head of security at the Wuzhen scenic zone, who explains the tech that almost seems to bear an eery resemblance to the movie Eagle Eye's supercomputer, ARIIA. He also speaks to Zhang Lifan, a political commentator, who claims that authorities choose to increase surveillance on you based on your political views by scanning your social media (no, this isn't a black mirror episode).
Joshua also puts SenseTime - which claims to have one of the world’s most powerful facial recognition systems - to the test with 5 different disguises. He speaks to SenseTime’s CEO Xu Li, who says that the company is looking to develop body gesture recognition.
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Watch 3 other ways China is using facial recognition tech here: cna.asia/2SuzsLo
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