Chi­nese street cops are us­ing aug­mented re­al­ity glasses to iden­tify crim­i­nals WEL­COME TO OUR CY­BER­PUNK FU­TURE, TO­DAY.

TechLife Australia - - HOTSPOT - [ HARRY DOMANSKI ]

JUST AHEAD OF Chi­nese New Year (and the rush of trav­ellers it was ex­pected to bring), China’s state me­dia re­ported that the coun­try’s rail­way po­lice in Zhengzhou have started us­ing aug­mented re­al­ity (AR) glasses equipped with fa­cial recog­ni­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties. With more than 389 mil­lion train trips ex­pected for the hol­i­day pe­riod, Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties are hop­ing that the glasses, which are con­nected to the po­lice database, will catch known crim­i­nals, spot im­pos­tors and gen­er­ally help to ver­ify pas­sen­ger iden­ti­ties. The tech­nol­ogy ap­par­ently lead to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of seven sus­pected crim­i­nals in the first week of oper­a­tion, with charges in­clud­ing hit-and-run and hu­man traf­fick­ing.

While pri­vacy and se­cu­rity con­cerns are be­ing raised over a na­tional database that would con­tain the per­sonal in­for­ma­tion of over 1.3 bil­lion cit­i­zens, the Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment and part­ner­ing tech com­pa­nies con­tinue to fo­cus on AI devel­op­ment, with a $2.7 bil­lion AI re­search dis­trict in Bei­jing ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional by 2025. AI-based fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy is al­ready be­ing used in Shang­hai for traf­fic vi­o­la­tions and cer­tain other train sta­tions around the coun­try, but the devel­op­ment of AR glasses will al­low these scan­ners to go mo­bile.

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