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Chinese scientists say AI measures the loyalty of Communist Party members

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Scientists from China’s Comprehensive National Science Center in Hefei claim to have developed a “mind-reading” artificial intelligence that measures the loyalty of Chinese Communist Party members.

Chinese researchers claimed in a now-deleted Weibo post that the AI ​​software can measure party members’ reactions to “thoughts and civic education” by analyzing their facial expressions and brainwaves.

“This equipment is a kind of intelligent ideology that uses AI technology to extract and integrate facial expressions, EEG readings and skin conductance,” reads a translation of the Radio Free Asia posts.

Chinese scientists claimed that the technology makes it possible to “evaluate the level of concentration, recognition and mastery of ideological and political education in order to better understand its effectiveness”.

In a now-deleted video, the institute claimed the “mind-reading” software could be used on party members to “further strengthen their resolve to be grateful to the party, to listen to the party, and to follow the party.”

However, the post was removed following outcry from citizens online.

The equipment was reportedly tested by reading the brainwaves and performing facial scans of party members while they read articles about the Communist Party, measures that were then converted into a “loyalty score.”

Although there is no published, peer-reviewed study on the experiment to back up the institute’s claims, wrote Lance B. Eliot, an expert in AI and machine learning forbes last week that “when such AI is used for government control, a red line has been crossed.”

“It’s believed that if your face doesn’t seem to indicate you’re loyal enough, or if the brainwave scan suggests the same thing, government thugs might suddenly rush in and grab you. Unnerving. Miserable. Must not be allowed,” wrote Dr. Eliot.

This isn’t the first time Chinese scientists have claimed to have built a “mind-reading” device.

Last month, the South China tomorrow post reported that scientists in the country have developed a device that could detect when a man is looking at pornography by “reading his mind.”

The prototype device described in the Journal of Electronic Measurement and Instrumentation, would reportedly help Chinese internet censors by detecting the brainwaves triggered by suggestive content.

China had tested facial recognition and AI camera systems on Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region last year to detect their emotions, according to BBC News.

A software engineer who wished to remain anonymous had said he had installed these systems at police stations in the area, adding that they worked “much like a lie detector but with far more advanced technology”.

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