China Developing Tech To Detect People’s Secret Emotions

( If you already thought communist China was scary, think about this: the Chinese Communist Party is using “emotion recognition technology” to monitor human emotion and detect how its citizens are feeling.

The technology tracks facial muscles, body movements, and even the tone of a person’s voice to determine what kind of mood they are in. And the Chinese government isn’t even shy about their use of the equipment, with a report from the state-run propaganda outlet the Global Times explaining in detail how it works.

“China leads in emotion recognition tech, reinforces privacy rules to tackle abuse,” the article leads, before describing how the Chinese state is leading the way in ensuring that the new technology is not abused.

Wei Qingchen, the head of EmoKit Tech Co., Ltd, spoke to the outlet, describing how AI emotion recognition tech “is still led by the US,” that its practical uses are “already blossoming in China.”

Which means China is using emotion recognition technology more than anybody else.

Sounds exactly like something a communist state would do…

Ma Qingguo, the head of the Academy of Neuroeconomics and Neuromanagement at Ningbo University, also told the Global Times that “Emotion recognition is definitely the direction of humanity’s future tech development.”

The outlet said that emotion technology in China “has reached high precision in its uses.”

“Products based on AI emotion recognition can achieve an average comprehensive accuracy of 70 to 95 percent,” the outlet continued.

EmoKit engaged in a clinical project in partnership with a Beijing psychiatric hospital and reportedly achieved a combined computerized accuracy of 78.8 percent in identifying schizophrenia – a commendable medical achievement. But in communist China, where technology like this can be abused by the government and brushed off as a medical program, it’s hard to know what to believe.

As writer Michael Standaert noted in The Guardian, emotion recognition technology “involves the mass collection of sensitive personal data” in order to track, monitor, and profile people.

“Critics say the technology is based on a pseudo-science of stereotypes, and an increasing number of researchers, lawyers and rights activists believe it has serious implications for human rights, privacy and freedom of expression,” Standaert noted.

Do you trust China with this kind of technology?