AI-based emotion recognition technology tested in China

A camera system based on AI and a facial recognition system that detects human emotions was tested on Uighurs in the Chinese city of Xinjiang.

The new technology was applied in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, a region in the north-west of the country, where mainly Uyghurs professing Islam live. The Chinese authorities suspect the inhabitants of Xinjiang of separatist sentiments, for many years they have been constantly monitoring him and sent to “educational” camps.

According to a BBC source, the artificial intelligence system is trained to detect and analyze even the smallest changes in facial expression and skin pores. The software creates a pie chart where red is a negative or anxious mood.

The Chinese authorities say the new technology, like previously implemented methods for recognizing people by face or gait, will help fight crime.

The emotion recognition algorithm can quickly identify suspects from video recordings by analyzing their mental state and prevent illegal actions, including terrorism and smuggling. We have already started using it.

Li Xiaoyu, a riot police expert from the Public Security Bureau in Altai City, Xinjiang.

The algorithm reads signs of aggressiveness and nervousness in a person’s appearance, and also determines his stress level.

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