Global Times, one of China’s state-run publications, said that Chinese people are getting used to “emotion recognition technology,” artificial intelligence that allows the government to track human feelings and emotions.
The article cited an example of this technology in use. Police arrested passengers of a car after using artificial intelligence to discover drugs in their car. “Emotion recognition technology” told the officers that the passengers were more nervous than the average person at a checkpoint, which they use to warrant them searching the car.
The Global Times reported that the Chinese government will be using “emotional recognition technology” in “various fields including health, anti-terrorism, and urban security.”
This is not the only Chinese technological development that the Chinese Communist Party will be using to control its citizens. Huawei, the Chinese tech giant, is developing facial recognition technology that can identify a person’s ethnicity, making it easier for Chinese police to persecute members of the Uyghur ethnic minority.
World powers, including the United States, have accused China of committing genocide against the Uyghur people.
The Chinese Communist Party has built over 1,000 concentration camps in the Uyghurs’ native region, Xinjiang. Survivors say they were forced into indoctrination, slavery, and subject to rape and torture. There are also reports that China is systematically sterilizing Uyghur women against their will to eliminate the ethnic group, a practice specifically listed in the definition of genocide.
The Communist Party claims that the concentration camps are “vocational training centers” for uneducated people, saying that the witnesses are “liars” or “paid actors.”