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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Comments • 12

  • Henry Bing
    Henry Bing 4 months ago

    What about twins

  • anthtan
    anthtan 8 months ago

    The issue of misidentification is problematic.

  • ᚢᛁᚫᛁᚾᚷ
    ᚢᛁᚫᛁᚾᚷ 8 months ago +8

    China can now find & imprison human right's activist or anyone they don't like.

    • DragonBall
      DragonBall 8 months ago +1

      yep, in some way our government are very skillful as you said, which is unlike USA since they let Snowden get away.....

  • TrollFace Nationalist
    TrollFace Nationalist 8 months ago

    Singapore is great and all, but what about the young people who are not educated enough to navigate their destination or find a job online or even can't understand the word "Innovation"? You Singaporeans need to help other Singaporeans and not just leave them be. That's just MEAN. D:

  • jdpowerzz22
    jdpowerzz22 8 months ago +13

    C'mon America catch up to our Asian countries! They have been more advanced in every way and it's time we took some action of our own🤟🏻💯

  • A Fridays
    A Fridays 8 months ago +1

    Like it or not, AI facial is already in all advanced countries. You would be fool if it is not!!

  • Ej_ L
    Ej_ L 8 months ago +10

    1984 soon....

  • Salesforce & Cats
    Salesforce & Cats 8 months ago +6


  • Aquatic Aries77
    Aquatic Aries77 8 months ago +1

    Looks like China forgotten that even the most high tech security would always have some sort of loophole😂🤣

  • cloudie2k6
    cloudie2k6 8 months ago


  • Kiera Chee
    Kiera Chee 8 months ago +1

    I'm finally early