“People waste time discussing whether it’s all hype or the real thing, but facial recognition already shows how real it can get. In 2015, AI had already beaten humans in face-verification tasks. Our algorithm is more accurate than customs officials at telling whether two images show the same person. It can even find a subject among millions of others using a 25- or 30-year-old image. And in the past two years, the performance of machines has increased by 1,000 times.”
“It’s a very cool system, because you don’t need a bank card. But you still need to remember the PIN, so there are two layers of security and there is nothing to worry about,” Zhu says.
“Doctors have agreed with the diagnosis in 90 per cent of the cases in which our system has made an evaluation,” Zhu says. The big break for the company, which now employs about 500 people, came with China’s first car-recognition system.
“Chinese authorities are collecting and centralising ever more information about hundreds of millions of ordinary people, identifying persons who deviate from what they determine to be ‘normal thought’ and then surveilling them,” says Sophie Richardson, China director at HRW. The activist calls on Beijing to cease the collection of big data “until China has meaningful privacy rights and an accountable police force”.
Zhu says: “Artificial intelligence will challenge skilled and creative jobs.
Artificial intelligence won’t replace humans anytime soon, say China’s tech leaders.