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Curious - 2017-12-07

... You better not pout
I'm telling you why…"

It's not Santa Claus who is coming to town, but iFlyTek, the Chinese voice monitoring technologies


As China tests the frontiers of artificial intelligence, iFlyTek serves as a compelling example of both the country’s sci-fi ambitions and the technology’s darker dystopian possibilities.


IFlyTek has said its technology can monitor a car full of people or a crowded room, identify a targeted individual’s voice and record everything that person says.


At the same time, iFlyTek hosts a laboratory to develop voice surveillance capabilities for China’s domestic security forces. In an October report, a human rights group said the company was helping the authorities compile a biometric voice database of Chinese citizens that could be used to track activists and others.


IFlyTek is portrayed in the Chinese media both as a technology innovator and as an ally of the government. Last year iFlyTek helped prevent the loss of about $75 million in telecommunications fraud by helping the police target scammers, according to The Global Times, a nationalist tabloid controlled by the Communist Party. Its article quotes a Chinese security official as saying collecting voice patterns is like taking fingerprints or recording people with closed-circuit television cameras, meaning the practice does not violate their privacy.
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"You better watch out, You better not cry... -- Curious -- 2017-12-07
Re "You better watch out, You better not cry... -- caring -- 2017-12-08
Re: Re "You better watch out, You better not cry... -- BeenThere -- 2017-12-08
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