A camera system that uses artificial intelligence that detects emotions is being tested on the Uyghur minority in northwestern Xinjiang, the BBC reported on Wednesday.
The information was provided on the condition of anonymity by a software engineer who installed such systems at police stations in Xinjiang Province, which is considered the most under surveillance in China. It includes the so-called "re-education centers" where over a million people, mostly Uighurs, representatives of the Muslim minority are held. About 12 million of them live in the whole of Xinjiang and are the target of repression by the authorities. Beijing explains that surveillance in the region is necessary against "separatists" who may threaten the country's security.
A BBC source showed photos of five Uighurs where emotional recognition tests were carried out at police stations. "The Chinese government uses them as objects for various experiments, just like rats in laboratories. We placed an emotion detector 3 meters from the subject. The device is similar to a lie detector, but its technology is much more advanced" - the informant explained.
The informant also added that the AI system learns how to detect and analyze changes in facial expression every few minutes by examining the pores of the skin. The software creates a pie chart where the red segment represents a negative or anxious state of mind. The system is intended to be used to "pre-evaluate" emotions.
The Chinese embassy in London did not respond to BBC questions about the use of this software in the province, but said that "political, economic, social and religious freedom are fully guaranteed in all ethnic groups in Xinjiang." "People live in harmony without regardless of their ethnic origin and enjoy a stable and peaceful life without restrictions on personal freedom "- added. (PAP)