Chinese facial recognition system confuses bus ad for jaywalker

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As reported by Abacus, a camera at an intersection in the eastern city of Ningbo, located in east China's Zhejiang province, filmed what was assumed to be a jaywalker. The facial recognition tech identified her as Dong Mingzhu, a famous businesswoman, who, as noted by The Verge, topped Forbes' 100 outstanding businesswomen in China list last year.

But it turned out that Dong wasn’t even present. The camera had seen her face on the side of a bus advertisement for Gree Electric and mistakenly thought she was crossing during a red light.

Whenever the system identifies jaywalkers, it posts their photo onto a large public screen to ‘name and shame’ the perpetrators. It showed Dong’s face and name, though it incorrectly spelled her surname as “Ju,” along with her government ID. There was also text that said she had broken the law.

Ningbo’s traffic police wrote on Chinese microblogging site Weibo that the system had made a mistake and all record of the violation was being deleted. They also claimed that an upgrade had been carried out to reduce the chances of such an error happening again.

We’ve heard reports of China using facial recognition in several ways, from analyzing students’ emotions in schools to scanning for suspects via special glasses. Back in April, the system reportedly identified a suspected criminal from a crowd of 50,000 people, which sounds impressive, but in a country with a poor reputation when it comes to privacy and human rights, and the prospect of more false positives, such technology is a concern.

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Uncle Al

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The Newest News! China now produces a fortune cookie that analyzes your DNA while you eat it and reports what you had to the authorities .... just in case you have a non-Chinese desert ..... more shaming to come!
 

xxLCxx

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A tiny anecdote:
I was back in Italy, not having been there for a long time. I had barely touched the ground, when I found myself walking a red light. Right next to me was a cop, walking during red as well. I gave it a mental sigh of relief — THIS REALLY WAS ITALY. :)
 
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psycros

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American and UK tech companies invented this nightmare - the Chinese just stole it and scaled it up. And just as with the UK, those US companies weren't producing that tech for China but for use at home. NEVER forget that you are being watched and eventually the tech WILL be used against you. Anyone who willingly puts a "smart speaker" in their home is out of their mind.
 

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The Newest News! China now produces a fortune cookie that analyzes your DNA while you eat it and reports what you had to the authorities .... just in case you have a non-Chinese desert ..... more shaming to come!
ROTF, LOL ; don't be so credulous.
 
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EClyde

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Public shaming is good. Look at the audience CNN, MSNBC and all the others get. Why not in China
 

EClyde

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American and UK tech companies invented this nightmare - the Chinese just stole it and scaled it up. And just as with the UK, those US companies weren't producing that tech for China but for use at home. NEVER forget that you are being watched and eventually the tech WILL be used against you. Anyone who willingly puts a "smart speaker" in their home is out of their mind.
the UK has tech companies? Not since radar....
 
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