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This US Firm Wants to Help Build China’s Surveillance State
How Remark Holdings, a small US company, is helping build surveillance technologies for customers including a Thai conglomerate operating 10,000+ 7-Eleven stores and numerous Chinese clients, including the police in Hangzhou, China's fifth largest city: "

"Remark is trying to tap into China’s seemingly endless appetite for surveillance, for both security and commercial ends. A national strategy released last year declared the country will rival the US in AI by 2020. Rapid adoption of facial recognition in China means your physiognomy can now get you cash from an ATM—or plucked from a concert crowd of 20,000 by local police, as one man suspected of stealing potatoes learned in May. [Remark CEO Shing] Tao says the country’s openness to the technology and more lax approach to privacy make it a logical target for Remark. 'China is the low-hanging fruit,' he says. 'They really understand and accept what AI is, and they’re ready to go.'" - Tom Simonite, Wired
otf  china  asia  gfw  ai  remark  surveillance 
6 hours ago by dmcdev
IBM’s machine argues, pretty convincingly, with humans - BBC News, Jun 2018
On a stage in San Francisco, IBM’s Project Debater spoke, listened and rebutted a human’s arguments in what was described as a groundbreaking display of artificial intelligence.

The machine drew from a library of “hundreds of millions” of documents - mostly newspaper articles and academic journals - to form its responses to a topic it was not prepared for beforehand.
AI  debate  discussion  conversation  BBC 
10 hours ago by pierredv

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