A new report claims that the Chinese government is implementing advanced artificial intelligence to monitor the minds of dozens of Communist Party officials.
Researchers in China claim to have developed software capable of in-depth analysis of facial expressions and brainwaves to check whether subjects were attentive to “thought and political education”.
China’s strict police state has been radically strengthened over the past decade, using big data, machine learning, facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence to build what many have called a digital dictatorship. most complex in the world.
According to the Hefei Comprehensive National Science Center, the development of high technology would be used to “further strengthen their confidence and determination to be grateful to the party, listen to the party and follow it.”
In a short clip, a subject was seen staring at a newsstand screen, scrolling through exercises promoting party policy. According to the researchers, the kiosk technology was able to note the searcher’s expressions and identify their reaction to particular pieces of content.
The institute said it encouraged 43 party members of the research team to take party classes while being monitored by the new software.
The video report was published on July 1 but has since disappeared.
“On the one hand, it can judge how party members have accepted thought and political education,” the article said. “On the other hand, it will provide real data for thought and political education so that it can be improved and enriched.”
President Xi, secretary of the Communist Party and leader of the nation of 1.4 billion people, has demanded absolute loyalty to the party and has previously said that “thought and political education” are an essential part of the government doctrine.
Publication supported by the Chinese state Study time reported on the development of a similar artificial intelligence in 2019, saying algorithms could be used to “assess party members’ state of mind” and ensure content can “get into the heads and hearts of people.” party members”.
“It will truly improve a party member’s political quality and ideological thinking,” the publication wrote at the time.
The development is just another in Xi Jinping’s relentless pursuit of a technological dystopia for the world’s greatest nation.
In some parts of China, it is now common to have a score tracked by a digital social credit system. Those deemed untrustworthy by the government risk losing basic privileges such as buying a plane ticket.
A low social credit score will also keep you out of high-paying jobs, prevent you from getting a loan for a house or car, or even booking a hotel room. The government will throttle your internet connection, ban your children from attending private schools, and even put your profile on a public blacklist for all to see.
The government has even produced a “deadbeat map” via an app on WeChat, which shows a radar-like graph identifying every laolai near the user.
“Tapping a person listed on the card reveals their personal information, including their full name, case number, and why they were deemed untrustworthy. ID card numbers and home addresses are also partially displayed,” according to the media.
There are also reports of citizens whose social credit score is too low being preemptively arrested and sent to re-education camps, not because they have committed a crime, but because they are “likely to do so.” “.
Citizens can also earn points for showing their faith by reporting the crimes of those who violate the new restrictions. Christians who gather illegally to pray in private homes or gatherings spotted by Muslim Uyghurs may be the subject of a new form of gossip that not only draws them into conflict, but benefits the “good Samaritan” who reported to the authorities.
Western resistance to the social credit system has been particularly fierce. In 2018, former US Vice President Mike Pence claimed that “Chinese leaders aim to implement an Orwellian system based on controlling virtually every facet of human life” and
According to Horizons, the establishment of the system for companies, known as “corporate social credit scoring”, is “particularly advanced”.
“More than 33 million businesses in China have already scored under some version of the corporate social credit system,” read a report outlining the consequences of a low credit score.
In recent weeks, China has reportedly sought to standardize a rewards system to motivate the public to report crimes and boost their score.
According to the Legal Daily, Chinese citizens could get “spiritual rewards,” in the form of certificates of appreciation or up to $14,925, depending on how useful their information was.
“The formulation of the measures is conducive to fully mobilizing the enthusiasm of the general public to support and assist in national security work, broadly rallying the hearts, morale, wisdom and strength of the people,” said a Chinese ministry official. of State Security. said in June.
The ministry also encouraged ordinary citizens to remain vigilant against the threat of “foreign intelligence agencies”.
“Foreign intelligence agencies and all kinds of hostile forces have visibly stepped up their infiltration activities in China,” the ministry said, warning that outside influences “pose a serious threat to national security.”