BEIJING : China has begun uncovering the dark-side of Artificial Intelligence. As during Trump's visit to Beijing, he appeared on screen for a special address at a tech conference.

First he spoke in English. Then he switched to Mandarin Chinese.

President Trump doesn't speak Chinese. The video was just a publicity stunt, designed to show off the voice capabilities of  iFlyTek, a Chinese artificial intelligence  company with both innovative technology and troubling ties to China's state security.

iFlyTek has said that its technology can monitor a car full of people or a crowded room, identify a targeted individuals 'voice and record everything that person says.

''iFlyTek,'' the image of Mr. Trump said in Chinese,'' is really fantastic.''

As China tests the frontiers of artificial intelligence, iFlyTek serves as a compelling example of both the country's sci-fi ambitions and the technology's darker dystopian possibilities.

The Chinese company uses sophisticated A.I. to power and image and voice recognition systems that can help doctors with their diagnoses, teachers in grading tests, and drivers control their cars with their voices.

Even some global companies are impressed : Delphi, a major American auto supplier of, offers iFlyTek's technology to carmakers in China, while Volkswagen  plans to build the Chinese companies speech recognition technology into many of its cars in China this year.

At the same time, iFlyTek hosts a laboratory to develop a voice surveillance capabilities for China's domestic security forces.

In an October report of 2017, a human rights group said the company was helping the authorities compile a biometric database of Chinese citizens that could be used to track activists and others.

Those tight ties with the government could give iFlyTek and other Chinese companies an edge in an emerging new field.

China's financial support and its loosely enforced and untested privacy laws give Chinese companies considerable resources and access to voices, faces and other biometric data in vast quantities, which could help them develop their technologies, experts say.

China  ''does not have the stringent privacy laws that Western companies have, nor are Chinese citizens against having their data collected, as  (arguably speaking} government monitoring is a fact of China,'' analysts with research firm  Sanford C. Bernstein wrote in their report last year.

The Honor and Serving of  the latest Global Operational Research on A.I. continues to Part 2. !WOW! thanks author and researchers  Paul Mozur and Keith Bradsher.


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