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The Chinese government is planning to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) into its local security system.
In September, China’s Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs head Meng Jianzhu announced that the government will utilize AI to deter crimes, terrorist attacks, and public mayhem. Meng believes that AI will produce more accurate data as it processes information faster than humans.
The AI software will involve machine learning, data mining, and computer modeling to forecast crimes.
In addition, the Chinese government is looking into using a data-gathering software to monitor people’s locations and activities. A representative from facial recognition firm Cloud Walk, which is currently testing the software, said that the Chinese authorities use an extensive rating system to evaluate individuals who are likely to take part in criminal activity according to the places they frequent and activities they engage in.
Nevertheless, the announcement garnered mixed reactions from the public. Counterterrorism expert Zunyou Zhou believes that China’s initiative to stamp out the growing threat of terrorism could provide an opportunity to test the effectiveness of terrorism-fighting advancements. However, he raised that the AI technology’s ability to collect personal data could lead to an abusive and controlling government.
China is not the first country to exploit AI as a tool for national security. In Italy, criminal analysis software KeyCrime has been used for over 10 years to predict where theft is likely to occur based on previous records. Meanwhile, software PredPol has helped over 20 police departments in the United States gauge the time and location of criminal activity.