The Chinese are "using a vast, secret system of advanced facial recognition technology to track and control the Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority"
Automating Racism: Police in China are using A.I. to mark/track ethnic minority Uighurs across the country. It’s the first known example of facial recognition being used intentionally by a government to racially profile and a massive ethical leap for A.I.
Creepy and alarming.
China is using facial recognition tech to ethnically target the Uighur minority. Amazing reporting by
Chinese surveillance systems are sorting people based on whether they are Uighurs, members of an ethnic minority group. With that, China moves into an uncertain new world of using technology for racial profiling.
One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority
"The Chinese A.I. companies behind the software include Yitu, Megvii, SenseTime, and CloudWalk, which are each valued at more than $1 billion."
Technology can be used for good or bad. In this case, very bad.
Chinese tech firms are building dystopian tools to profile & track Uighur Muslims. These firms get significant investment from foreign funds, including: Fidelity International, Qualcomm Ventures, Sequoia Capital. None would talk to the NYTimes about it
Using AI trained to recognize faces of an ethnic minority, China is “pioneering a new age of automated racism”
The stakes of #AI are global and life threatening. In addition to genetic surveillance—“documents and interviews show that the authorities are also using a vast, secret system of advanced facial recognition technology to track and control the Uighurs”
Sources: how China uses AI to specifically track Uighurs, an ethnic minority, in the first known racist application of facial recognition to be widely deployed ( / New York Times)
This article on China’s use of facial recognition to track and control Uighurs is absolutely horrifying
Minor detail in this terrifying piece but one of the AI surveillance systems China is sinking billions into is actually called “Skynet”
China's is using its vast surveillance network to spy on and control its minority Uighurs. Tremendous reporting here by
Welcome to the era of “automated racism”, where governments deploy AI to explicitly target and discriminate minorities
You might see this headline and think, “It’s happening in China. It couldn’t happen to me where I live.” Read this article. The scariest part is how easy and mundane it can be to use #AI technology for racial domination.
Major investors are backing Chinese startups valued at $1 billion or more based on AI that profiles people, particularly minority groups like Uighurs
“first known example of a government intentionally using artificial intelligence for racial profiling” via
How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority
“Chinese authorities already maintain a vast surveillance net, including tracking people’s DNA, in the western region of Xinjiang...But the scope of the new systems, previously unreported, extends that monitoring into many other corners of the country.”
Impossible (and not desirable) to stop the pace of technological dev’t but we have to decide – and quickly – what type of global society we want to be & what global standards we need to set for ethical use of new capabilities.
One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority, by Paul Mozur /
One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority