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China races ahead in public use of facial-recognition technology

10/18/2017| 6:51:59 PM|

Experts say China is racing ahead of Western countries in deploying facial scanners and the government announced plans to become the world leader in AI by 2030.

From toilet-paper dispensers to fast-food restaurants, travel and crime-fighting, China is taking the lead in rolling out facial-recognition technology.

Experts say China is racing ahead of Western countries in deploying facial scanners owing to its comparatively lax privacy laws and because Chinese are used to having their pictures, fingerprints and other personal details taken.

The government in July announced plans to become the world leader in artificial-intelligence by 2030 and build a domestic AI industry worth $150 billion.

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