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Inside China's 'Big Brother' technology conference wherecompanies reveal how they use AI to spy on citizens without them knowing


·  State-guided tracking technology has becomewidely accepted in China
·  This vast data collection could meanthey have an edge over US competitors
·  Face++ showed how it can  identifypeople using gender, hair length, colour
·  China Unicom discussed how it had dataon where foreign visitors had roamed
·  Conferencewas attended by Tim Cook of Apple and Sundar Pichai of Google

·  由国家引导,追踪技术在中国被广泛接受
·  这种大数据的收集可能意味着他们比美国竞争对手更具优势
·  FACE++公司展示了它如何利用性别、头发长度、颜色来区分人们
·  苹果的库克、谷歌的桑达尔·皮查伊也参加了这次大会。

Artificialintelligence companies have shown off their tracking technology at the WorldInternet Conference in China - giving a glimpse of how citizens are being watched everyday.


Companies such as China's facial recognitionstart-up Face++ showed how their technology is already being used to identifyand describe people.


For the first time, the 'Big Brother'conference was attended by top executives like Tim Cook of Apple, Sundar Pichaiof Google and Jack Ma of Alibaba.


One company present at the World InternetConference in Wuzhen was Face++ which uses its technology to identify people inthe audience using their gender, hair length, colour and clothing.  
The company's video network automaticallydetects potential criminals and alerts them to the police.
Founded in 2011, the company claims tohave already helped the police catch more than 3,000 fugitives.


Another company at the event, ChinaUnicom, showed how it could break down the vast amount of data it has onsubscribers, writes New York Times.


China United Network Communications Groupor China Unicom is a state-owned telecommunications operator and the world'sfourth-largest mobile service provider by subscriber base.
The company openly discussed how it haddata on where foreign visitors had roamed on networks.
It also showed attendees how it maps theway people commute to and from work.


Another company - state-owntelecommunications company China Telecom - showed how it can measure trash ingarbage cans and spot fire hydrants that do not work.


Face++ plans to expand its business fromsoftware to hardware by developing more products with built-in AI, such assmart surveillance cameras that can capture faces better and faster, said XieYinan, Face++'s marketing and public relations director last month.


'Wewant to enhance these 'eyes of the city' and make them intelligent,' Mr Xietold Reuters.
'So that 'footage of the city' become'data about the city',' he said.


'It's just like in the films. The policeno longer need to manually look for someone from thousands in the camera. Thevideo network automatically detects and alerts them to situations so thatgreatly enhances their efficiency,' Mr Xie said.

“就像电影里一样,警察再也不用手动的通过镜头从人海中寻找特定的某一个人,这种视频网络会自动探测并向他们(警察)预警,从而极大的提高了效率?!?br />

Jack Ma of Alibaba (pictured) spoke during theconference


Apple CEO Tim Cook told the gathering as theconference opened Sunday that his company was proud to work with Chinesepartners to build a 'common future in cyberspace'

苹果CEO库克在周日开幕的会议上对与会者说,他的公司很自豪能与中国合作伙伴一道建立 “网络空间的共同未来”。

Face++ does not release specific revenuefigures but Mr Xie said it has been growing at about 400 per cent annually andthe company is expected to break even this year.

Face ++并没有公布其具体的收入数据,但谢一南称该公司每年大约成长400%,公司将在本年度实现收支平衡。

It's also targeting an initial publicoffering, although it has no time frame.


Last month Face++ announced it has raised$460 million ($343m) in its latest capital raising, including pulling in moneyfrom China's national venture capital fund.


During the opening speech Wang Huning, amember of the Politburo Standing Committee, said China's approach to theinternet is more about openness than censorship.


The high-profile attendance of the leadersof Apple and Google at a Chinese conference promoting Beijing's vision of acensored internet highlights the dilemma for Western tech companies trying toexpand in an increasingly lucrative but restricted market.


People look at Xiao Qiao robots during the fourthWorld Internet Conference in Wuzhen. Another company at the event, ChinaUnicom, showed how it could break down the vast amount of data it has onsubscribers


Apple CEO Tim Cook told the gathering asthe conference opened Sunday that his company was proud to work with Chinesepartners to build a 'common future in cyberspace.'

苹果公司CEO库克在周日开幕的会议上对与会者说,他的公司很自豪能与中国合作伙伴一道建立 “网络空间的共同未来”。

His and Google CEO Sundar Pichai'spresence along with other business leaders, diplomats and other experts, someanalysts say, helped bestow credibility on Beijing's preferred version of aninternet sharply at odds with Silicon Valley's dedication to unfettered access.


Beijing's restraints also extend toWestern companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook, which have largely beenshut out from the market, leaving it to homegrown internet giants like Tencent.


Apple has a large production base inChina, which is one of its biggest markets, though domestic smartphone makersare catching up.


Jack Ma or Ma Yun, chairman of Chinese e-commercegiant Alibaba Group, listens to a speech during a sub-forum of the fourth WorldInternet Conference