Facial recognition technology is to be extended to monkeys

Facial recognition technology is to be extended to monkeys

Chinese scientists are working on automatic facial recognition technology for golden rocselan to improve research on these endangered monkeys that inhabit the Qin Ling mountains in northern China, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.

Monkeys are hairy than humans and the differences in appearance between them are more subtle, so their facial recognition system needs to be more capable of deep learning, explains an official Chinese news agency.


The system is to be integrated with infrared cameras installed in the wild to automatically recognize monkeys, give them names and catalogue their behaviour. The technology is expected to improve research on roskels and other endangered species of animals in the future.

Currently, the system is in the experimental phase and is able to recognize about 200 individuals with an efficiency of up to 94%. Xinhua reported, citing Zhang He, a member of the research team at the University of Northwestern Xi'an.

“We need more high-resolution photos to improve the diagnosis rate. It is extremely difficult because monkeys do not + cooperate + with cameras in nature, ”said Li Baoguo, team leader.

China is one of the global leaders in the field of automatic human facial recognition, which causes controversy. Human rights organizations have repeatedly accused the communist authorities in Beijing of using the world's most advanced system of electronic surveillance of citizens. Some commentators compared it to the anti-utopian visions in George Orwell's novels.

According to the report of the British website Comparitech from 2020, 18 out of 20 cities in the world are located in China with the largest number of surveillance cameras per capita. On the other hand, IHS Markit estimated in December 2019 that more than half of all 770 million surveillance cameras operating in the world were in China at that time.


About 4,000 people live in the forests of the Qin Ling Mountains in Shaanxi Province. golden yearselan. These mountains also house many rare types of plants and many species of wildlife, including giant pandas and crested ibises, Xinhua said.

From Canton Andrzej Borowiak (PAP)

 

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