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The Dictator's Handbook
Dec 06 2017 19:44:33
WUZHEN, China — An artificial intelligence company touted a robot that
could help doctors with diagnoses. A start-up displayed a drone
designed to carry a single passenger 60 miles per hour.
And in a demonstration worthy of both wonder and worry, a Chinese
facial recognition company showed how its technology could quickly
identify and describe people.
If there were any doubts about China’s technological prowess, the
presentations made this week at the country’s largest tech conference
should put them to rest. The event, once a setting for local tech
executives and leaders of impoverished states, this year attracted top
American executives like Tim Cook of Apple and Sundar Pichai of Google,
as well as executives of Chinese giants like Jack Ma of Alibaba and
Pony Ma of Tencent.
Yet all the advancements exhibited at the event, the World Internet
Conference, in the picturesque eastern Chinese city of Wuzhen, also
offered reason for caution. The technology enabling a full
techno-police state was on hand, giving a glimpse into how new advances
in things like artificial intelligence and facial recognition can be
used to track citizens — and how they have become widely accepted here.