A new report claims the Chinese government is now deploying advanced artificial intelligence to keep an eye on the ghost of dozens of communist party officials.
Researchers in China claimed to have developed software that can sharply analyze facial expressions and brain waves to check whether subjects were paying attention to “thought and political education.”
China’s strict police state has radically scaled up over the past decade, leveraging big data, machine learning, facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence to build what many are the the world’s most complex digital dictatorship†
According to the Hefei Comprehensive National Science Centerthe high-tech development would be used to “further strengthen their confidence and determination to be grateful to the party, listen to the party and follow the party.”
A short clip showed a subject looking at a newsstand screen and scrolling through exercises promoting party policy. According to researchers, the technology in the kiosk was able to notice the researcher’s expressions and pinpoint their response to certain pieces of content.
The institute said it has encouraged 43 party members in the research team to take party lessons while being monitored by the new software.
The video report was published on July 1, but has since disappeared.
“On the one hand, it can assess how party members have accepted thinking and political education,” the article said. “On the other hand, it will provide real data for thinking and political education so that it can be improved and enriched.”
President Xi, secretary of the Communist Party and leader of the nation of 1.4 billion people, has demanded absolute loyalty to the party and has previously stated that “thinking and political education” is an essential part of government doctrine.
Publication sponsored by the Chinese state Study times reported in 2019 on the development of similar artificial intelligence, claiming that algorithms could be used to “measure the thinking state of party members” and ensure that content “can penetrate the minds and hearts of party members.”
“It will really improve a party member’s political quality and ideological thinking,” the publication wrote at the time.
The development is just another in Xi Jinping’s relentless pursuit of a technological dystopia for the world’s greatest nation.
It is now customary in certain parts of China to have a score tracked by a digital social credit system. Those deemed untrustworthy by the government run the risk of losing basic privileges, such as buying a plane ticket.
A low social credit score will also exclude you from high paying jobs, make it impossible for you to get a house or car loan or even book a hotel room. The government will throttle your internet connection, ban your kids from going to private schools, and even put your profile on a public blacklist for everyone to see.
The government has even produced a “deadbeat map” via an app on WeChat, which displays a radar-like image identifying every laolai near the user.
“Tapping on a person marked on the card reveals their personal information, including their full name, lawsuit number, and the reason they have been labeled untrustworthy. ID card numbers and home addresses are also partially shown,” media reports said.
There are also reports that citizens whose social credit scores are too low are being pre-emptively arrested and sent to re-education camps, not because they have committed a crime, but because they “probably will.”
Citizens can also earn points for showing their faith by reporting the crimes of those who violate the new restrictions. Christians who illegally gather to pray in private homes, or Muslim Uyghurs who are spotted, could be subjected to a new form of chatter that not only puts them in conflict but also benefits the ‘Good Samaritan’ who announced them. to the authorities.
The western push back to the social credit system has been particularly severe. In 2018, former US Vice President Mike Pence claimed that “China’s rulers aspire to implement an Orwellian system based on controlling virtually every facet of human life” and
According to horizonsThe implementation of the system for companies, known as the ‘corporate social credit rating’, is “very advanced”.
“More than 33 million companies in China have already been rated according to some version of the corporate social credit system,” according to a report outlining the consequences of a low credit score.
In recent weeks, China has reportedly been striving to standardize a reward system to motivate the public to report crimes and raise their scores.
According to the Legal Daily† Chinese citizens can receive “spiritual rewards” in the form of certificates of appreciation or up to $14,925 depending on the usefulness of their information.
“The formulation of the measures is conducive to fully mobilizing the general public’s enthusiasm to support and assist the national security work, gathering the hearts, morale, wisdom and strength of the people on a large scale” , said a representative of the Chinese Ministry of State Security. said in June.
The ministry has also encouraged ordinary citizens to remain vigilant about the threat from ‘foreign intelligence services’.
“Foreign intelligence agencies and various hostile forces have visibly intensified their infiltration activities into China,” the ministry said, warning that outside influences “pose a serious threat to national security.”