Megvii, a Chinese AI startup that provides facial recognition software for the Chinese government's surveillance program, extends its technology to people to recognize different faces of pets. As reported by Abacus News, Megvii & # 39; s new program is trained to recognize dogs by their nose prints – just like how people have unique fingerprints.
Using the Megvii app, the company says it can register your dog by simply scanning the muzzle through the camera of your phone. Just like how a phone registers your fingerprint for biometric unlocking, the app asks you to take photos of your dog's nose from different angles. Megvii says it has an accuracy rate of 95 percent and has reunited 15,000 pets with their owners via the app.
Face recognition for pets has become more widespread in recent years. The concept has been used by researchers for nature conservation. An app was called in the US Find robber also uses face recognition technology to find cats and dogs that are reported missing.
But in China, Megvii says the app will be used for more than just reuniting owners with their lost pets. With the existing relationship with the government, it says that the app can also be used to check "uncultured dog dogs" nice burgers who do not follow their dogs or allow them to walk without public rent.