of missing people now reunite with their separated family members with the help of AI technology crunched all that data and identified 10 groups of photos that were possibly of the same people.
Fu was one of them. DNA tests followed. Fu’s identity was established and he was able to reunite with his parents.
That’s just one example of how facial recognition is being used across China to help track missing senior citizens and kids sold by human traffickers.
With the increasing use of AI in China’s public security bureaus, more and more families that had lost all hope of finding their lost loved ones, are again becoming hopeful.
A rescue management station in Shanghai helps nearly 1,000 people every year with crucial information leading to their true identity. In the past two years, using facial recognition and other technologies, officials have helped about 95 percent of such people to find their lost or separated family members or reach their hometowns, according to China Central Television.
Every time I cover such news or read such stories, I get overwhelmed by joyful tears all around.
It’s perhaps needless to say then: if properly used and privacy is well protected, new technologies can make a positive difference to people’s lives.
Nowhere could this be truer than in China where about 500,000 senior citizens go missing every year. Stated differently, some 1,370 senior people go missing every day on average, according to a 2016 report from a rescue organization affiliated to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Of course, from technology companies’ standpoint, this spells business opportunities. The security sector, which includes the public security bureaus, is now one of the most active users of sophisticated AI products and services in China.
Who could possibly complain when technology produces both public good and profits?