QUOTE OF THE DAY
‘Mr. Marks, by mandate of the District of Columbia Precrime Division, I’m placing you under arrest for the future murder of Sarah Marks and Donald Dubin that was to take place today, April 22 at 0800 hours and four minutes.” ~ Officer John Anderton (Minority Report)
CHINA CREATES PRE-RECOGNITION AI TO PREDICT CRIME
Government uses facial recognition system and citizen records to find out possible criminal activities.
IS IT LIKE MINORITY REPORT?
Well, more or less. While the 2002 hollywood sci-fi flick used humans with precognitive powers to predict and stop criminals before they committed crimes, China is doing quite the same but with AI. Recent reports suggest that Communist Party of China is implementing facial-recognition to keep tabs on citizen’s activities. This also involves using millions of photographs by directly accessing user accounts on social media and police databases in over 50 provinces across China.
Chinese officials are currently testing a new facial-recognition system that will track citizens and show how likely they are to commit crime based on their activities.
IS CHINA THE FIRST COUNTRY TO DO THIS?
Not really as such behavioral predictive systems have also been employed in Los Angeles and Milan, where these have been in existence for at least a decade. But unlike those countries, the precrime system in China uses extensive data from citizen’s personal records such as online accounts, social media. Moreover, with more than 150 million surveillance cameras across mainland China, government is certainly tightening its grip on Chinese citizens.
HOW DOES PRE-CRIME ACTUALLY WORK?
Using technologies such as behavioral recognition and gait analysis, this system can spot suspicious individuals in a crowd. If the spotted individual’s behavior shows any signs of risk, the system will immediately inform authorities.
According to China’s vice-minister of science and technology, Mr. Li Meng “If we use our smart systems and smart facilities well, we can know beforehand…who might be a terrorist, who might do something bad.”
THREE SQUARE MARKET PROVIDES MICROCHIP IMPLANTS TO ALL EMPLOYEES
New RFID chip implants will provide all the identification and access of company resources to employees without ID cards, biometrics or passwords.
WHY IS THIS BEING DONE?
Contrary to what most people consider as being a little too invasive, microchip implants for identification is quite a common sight in European countries. However, US companies and businesses still seem a little skeptical of this technology. Nevertheless, this is now being changed as Three Square Market or 32M, a software company from Wisconsin is now offering this new form of access and biometric solution to all its employees.
According to 32M CEO , Mr. Todd Westby “We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals. Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.”
WHAT ABOUT EMPLOYEES WHO DON’T WANT IT?
Thankfully, this new RFID technology isn’t compulsory for every worker and is totally optional. The implementation will begin from the 1st of August 2017 and according to the company, doesn’t involve any sort of GPS tracking. In fact, reports of more than 50 32M employees volunteering for this new system would certainly ease out some skeptics. Although the workers will receive this chip for free, individually they cost around $300.
HOW WOULD IT WORK?
As already explained, this chip will allow 32M employees to use various office equipment, open doors, make purchases in micro market, login to systems, and operate photo copy machines etc. Based on the information provided by Three Square Market’s official Press Release, RIFD or Radio Frequency Identification chips identifies and reads digital information by utilizing electromagnetic fields. Implanted between the thumb and forefinger, this will allow workplaces to become more secure and inaccessible to unauthorized individuals.