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November 7, 2018

‘Gait recognition' IDs people by their walk

  • One Chinese commentator says the technology is catching on in China faster because of Beijing's emphasis on social control.
  • By DAKE KANG
    Associated Press

    BEIJING — Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: “gait recognition” software that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras.

    Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, “gait recognition” is part of a push across China to develop artificial-intelligence and data-driven surveillance that is raising concern about how far the technology will go.


     
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