China’s Emerging Use of AI to Track, Punish Dissidents

Our top story of the day is a bit of an unusual selection.  It is more speculative than straight news (as our top stories mostly are).  The story was written in the Daily Star UK

It was inspired, in part, by the Netflix hit series, Altered Carbon.  Chris Middleton, a noted ‘expert’ on artificial intelligence is claiming that China is already applying a lot of the AI tech in Altered Carbon to help control, track, and punish its citizens who deviate from the acceptable Communist Party script.  Middleton speculates that there is much more to follow from China.

I’ve covered some of what China is doing with AI here and here.

In the first story, China is using social media to track, monitor, and rate citizens, as well as predict potential protest movements before they happen.

In the second story, China is conducting an AI-intensive police state experiment in the region where the Uyghurs live.  Based on these two stories alone, the ideas espoused by Middleton, as well as the claims, are not so far-fetched.

China ALREADY using Altered Carbon-style AI to ‘control and PUNISH citizens’

…..a world-leading expert has claimed that many of the scenarios acted out in the dystopian TV series are mirrored in modern China.

“They are already using a combination of facial recognition technologies, AI, and a compulsory social ratings system – like an Uber for human beings – to try to remove or punish bad behaviour among its citizens”

Chris MiddletonSpeaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, Chris Middleton even claimed the communist government is using the technology to “punish bad behaviour”.

He said: “China is an interesting case in point.

“They are already using a combination of facial recognition technologies, AI, and a compulsory social ratings system – like an Uber for human beings – to try to remove or punish bad behaviour among its citizens.”

His comments come after the Chinese government revealed plans to unroll a mass surveillance system to watch the country’s citizens by the year 2020.

Chris added: “Such a draconian, state-sanctioned system risks excluding some people completely from society, if they don’t conform to the government’s model of ‘a good person’.

“The Chinese government has no problem with that, it says. Indeed, that’s precisely what it wants.”

 

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