Police in China have begun using sunglasses equipped with facial recognition technology to identify suspected criminals. The glasses are connected to an internal database of suspects, meaning officers can quickly scan crowds while looking for fugitives.
The sunglasses have already helped police capture seven suspects, according to Chinese state media.
Police used the new equipment at a busy train station in the central city of Zhengzhou to identify the suspects.
The seven people who were apprehended are accused of crimes ranging from hit-and-runs to human trafficking.
Police also identified 26 people who were using fake IDs, the ruling communist party's People's Daily newspaper reported.
China is a world leader in facial recognition technology and regularly reminds its citizens that such equipment will make it almost impossible to evade the authorities.
The country has been building what it calls "the world's biggest camera surveillance network".
An estimated 170 million CCTV cameras are already in place and some 400 million new ones are expected be installed in the next three years.
Many of the cameras use artificial intelligence, including facial recognition technology.
This is scary to me and it'll be in the USA soon if not already(for our safety of course). There needs to be research into how to counter this. Kind of like the radar detector to detect police using radar guns.
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