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China’s “Super Camera” Can Spot You in a Crowd of Thousands

You can run but you cannot hide from China’s new “Super Camera”!

As ABC News reports, the new camera system is being referred to as a “Super Camera” due to the detail it can capture. Developed by Fudan University in conjunction with the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the camera is 500 megapixels, meaning it can be positioned in a stadium packed with people and capture a high-resolution image of every face.

The camera is linked to the cloud, capable of real-time facial recognition, and backed up by artificial intelligence, which translates to a system whereby an individual can be spotted even in the busiest areas of a Chinese city. It’s also capable of capturing video, which can then be reviewed, faces detected, and behavior assessed.

Obviously, this means that the camera can be placed to take pictures of crowds and every person in that crowd can be identified. This is a great tool for repressive governments! I suspect the U.S. and many other governments either already have similar technology or will have it soon.

You can read more in an article by Matthew Humphries in the PCMag web site at: https://www.pcmag.com/news/371005/chinas-super-camera-can-spot-you-in-a-crowd-of-thousands.

Categories: Current Affairs, Offline Privacy & Security

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  1. I guarantee that if China has this Tech the US gov does too. The problem is that there are so many people out there that believe that the US has our best interest in mind. The Government should always be treated like the enemy but used to meet our own ends.

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