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China Is Using Facial Recognition To Foresee Who Will Commit Crime Next
By Mikelle Leow, 25 Jul 2017
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In true Minority Report style, China is currently in the midst of developing predictive tools that will help authorities catch suspects, even before a crime is being committed.
The Financial Times reports that Guangzhou-based facial intelligence company CloudWalk is testing out a system that studies a person’s movements and behavior patterns, calculating their chances of committing a crime. The system then alerts the police when a suspect’s “crime risk” becomes hazardously high.
Of course, the technology isn’t designed to get suspicious about anything and everything. Buying a knife is perfectly okay, a CloudWalk spokesperson tells the Financial Times—it’s only when the same person goes on to purchase a sack and a hammer afterwards that raises eyebrows.
Similarly, a citizen who “frequently visits transport hubs and goes to suspicious places like a knife store” would classify as someone with high criminal risk.
“If we use our smart systems and smart facilities well, we can know beforehand… who might be a terrorist, [and] who might do something bad,” China’s Vice Minister of Science and Technology, Li Meng, adds.
Chinese law does not permit charges to be made upon someone who has yet to commit a crime. However, suspects can be charged for attempting to commit crimes.
[via Mashable and Financial Times, cover image via Shutterstock]
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