Welcome To China, Where FaceID Eyeglasses Are Reality

Welcome To China, Where FaceID Eyeglasses Are Reality

Are you a fan of dystopian books? Well, you no longer have to read in order to feel the tension and the anxiety. Instead, you can simply go to China. The Chinese authorities are not kidding when it comes to surveillance and the latest weapon in their arsenal are eyeglasses that have only one purpose – to recognize faces.

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Are you a fan of dystopian books? Well, you no longer have to read in order to feel the tension and the anxiety. Instead, you can simply go to China. The Chinese authorities are not kidding when it comes to surveillance and the latest weapon in their arsenal are eyeglasses that have only one purpose – to recognize faces.

These quite frightening eyeglasses use cutting-edge optics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to recognize faces even in the most overcrowded locations like stations or main squares. The person who wears the eyeglasses has to do nothing but just look at the suspect, the gadget does everything automatically from then on. And, according to Chinese authorities, the accuracy is brutal. The built-in camera analyzes face width and depth and then compares the results with already recognized individuals on its database. Does it sound like FaceID from Orwell’s “1984”? I think we all know the answer.

Since its official release in 2017, the surveillance gadget had undergone various testing in Zhengzhou East Railway. So far Chinese officials have caught 7 wanted and 26 more, traveling under false identities.

Undoubtedly, the eyewear is a smart alternative to fixed face recognition cameras, which come expensive and often work too slow. In some cases, the software is so slow that suspects manage to mix with the crowd before a police officer even gets close to the scene. There is another major advantage of the eyeglasses. They are not only obviously portable, but their database is also built-in, rather than stored on a cloud. This makes the whole process of comparing images much faster.

Unsurprisingly, the new surveillance kit managed to infuriate its critics. And probably everyone would agree that China has already gone way too far. It has been collecting biometric data for years and it has the largest network of CCTV in the world.

So, is China a dystopian fiction come to reality?

By all means.

 

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