NVDA: spying on pedestrians


Barron’s article discussing China’s use of facial recognition for surveillance.

In China, public spaces across 16 provinces, cities and autonomous regions have launched a a facial-recognition system so powerful it can compare a pedestrian’s image, regardless of angle or lighting, with a database of the country’s entire population in less than a second.

In March, the state newspaper Worker’s Daily reported that the system has been used to arrest 2,000 criminals and find a missing girl. Facial recognition is also used in China for more mundane tasks, such as publicly shaming jaywalkers. Soon, video analysis could play a key role in China’s plan to assign each of its citizens a “social credit score,” which is similar to a FICO score, except that it measures public behavior along with economic factors.