China is Using Machine Learning to Identify “Precrime”

by Angela Guess Sean Gallagher reports in Ars Technica, “It’s ‘precrime’ meets ‘thoughtcrime.’ China is using its substantial surveillance apparatus as the basis for a ‘unified information environment’ that will allow authorities to profile individual citizens based upon their online behaviors, financial transactions, where they go, and who they see. The authorities are watching for deviations from the norm that might indicate someone is involved in suspicious activity. And they’re doing it with a hand from technology pioneered in the US. As Defense One’s Patrick Tucker reports, the Chinese government is leveraging ‘predictive policing’ capabilities that have been used by US law enforcement, and it has funded research into machine learning and other artificial intelligence technologies to identify human faces in surveillance video.” Gallagher goes on, “The Chinese government has…


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