China unveils 500 megapixel camera with AI capable of choosing a single face from a crowd of tens of thousands – which arouses fear of more civil liberties
- New artificial intelligence camera with 500 megapixels revealed by scientists
- Chinese researchers developed the & # 39; supercamera & # 39; to identify a single face
- Camera can pick one face in a busy street or stadium of tens of thousands
- It raised the fear that face recognition technology could violate civil liberties
Chinese scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence, a camera of 500 megapixels, that can identify a face from a crowd of tens of thousands of people.
The resolution of the camera is said to be four times more detailed than the human eye – that is 120 million pixels – and can connect to other devices, scientists said.
A & # 39; supercamera & # 39; by the Chinese media called, the device can select human faces or objects and instantly find specific targets in a busy street or sports stadium.
Researchers unveiled the new technology, which is equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) and can be integrated with face recognition and real-time monitoring, at the International Industry Fair in China last week.
Xiaoyang Zeng, a scientist working on the new & # 39; supercamera & # 39; technology with the 500 megapixel AI device unveiled last week
A laptop with a street image and face recognition (file image). China has announced plans for broad coverage of cameras for face recognition in cities and homes by 2020
The & # 39; super camera & # 39; has terrified facial recognition technology in China and the rest of the world could now accelerate and further violate civil liberties.
Xiaoyang Zeng, one of the scientists working on the new technology, said that this device can capture both still images and record video, according to ABC news.
It was designed by Fudan University and Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The police could set up the camera system in the center of Shanghai and follow the movement of crowds in real time and then check the images with medical and criminal records, Zeng said.
Li Daguang, professor at the National Defense University of the People's Liberation Army in Beijing, told the Global Times that the system could be very easily applied to national defense, military and public security.
Samantha Hoffman, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said to ABC: & # 39; The party state (in China) has huge databases of images of people and the ability to connect them with their identities. & # 39;
China has used the controversial technology in shopping centers and airports
China has been using the controversial technology in shopping centers and airports for some time and has announced plans for broad coverage of face recognition in cities and homes by 2020.
This week, Shenzhen authorities offered metro travelers free travel if they allowed their faces to be used by technology.
China's infamous surveillance system consists of more than 170 million CCTV cameras & uses AI to identify people even when their faces are hidden.
& # 39; Walk Recognition Software & # 39; was rolled out in the country last year, designed to identify people based on their gait.
So-called & # 39; spy-bird & # 39; drones that look like animals have also been used in China, equipped with a high-definition cameras, GPS and a flight control system to enable remote control from the ground.
Police units in England and Wales are opposed to attempts by Home Office to roll out controversial cameras for face recognition, it was revealed last month.
Its use by South Wales Police and the Metropolitan Police has been challenged in court.
Earlier this month, the Met and British Transport Police admitted that they had shared photos with the King & # 39; s Cross Estate due to face recognition technology, despite having denied this at first.
HOW DOES FACE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY WORK?
Face recognition software works by matching real-time images with a previous photo of a person.
Each face has around 80 unique nodes in the eyes, nose, cheeks and mouth that distinguish one person from the other.
A digital video camera measures the distance between different points on the human face, such as the width of the nose, depth of the eye sockets, distance between the eyes and the shape of the jaw line.
Another smart surveillance system (photo) can scan 2 billion faces in seconds, has been revealed in China. The system connects to millions of CCTV cameras & uses artificial intelligence to select targets. The army is working on a similar version of this with AI to track people across the country
This produces a unique numeric code that can then be linked to a corresponding code obtained from a previous photo.
A face recognition system used by officials in China connects to millions of CCTV cameras & uses artificial intelligence to set targets.
Experts believe that facial recognition technology will quickly catch up with fingerprint technology as the most effective way to identify people.
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