CNET también está disponible en español. The government is using surveillance cameras, facial recognition and smart glasses to score people on social behavior, which can lead to punishment.

By 2020, China plans to give all of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score, based on how they behave. To create those scores, which could affect whether someone is allowed to fly or own property, China is using facial recognition, artificial intelligence, smart glasses and other technologies to monitor, rate and sometimes shame its citizens.

China’s plan is to give each citizen a social credit score, which goes far beyond the traditional credit score based on finances. The score can fluctuate based on a range of behaviors, like whether you jaywalk or buy Chinese-made goods or buy too many video games.

If your score gets too low, you can be banned from buying a plane ticket, renting a house, accessing high-speed internet or getting a loan. Sensetime, one of China’s most successful artificial intelligence companies, has created smart cameras for the government that can help catch criminals but also track average citizens.

As people, bikes, cars and buses pass in front of the cameras, identifiers pop up. “It can recognize more than 4,000 vehicles,” CEO Xu Li explains. Read more from…

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