Yitu Technology, registered in Shanghai, China, has developed an AI algorithm that is capable of connecting to millions of security cameras and instantly recognizing people. The system was named Dragonfly Eye and has at its disposal a collection of 1.8 billion photographs from the national database, including all visitors to the country and those who lit up at Chinese ports and airports.
"Our machines can very easily recognize you among at least two billion people in seconds," said Zhu Long, executive director and co-founder of Yitu Technology. "It felt incredible three years ago."
It is reported that on the first day of his work, Dragonfly Eye was able to track down a man wanted by the police and sent his exact location to law enforcement officers. Another 567 suspected criminals were discovered by the system in the city subway.
"Suppose we live in Shanghai, a city with a population of 24 million people," continued Mr. Long, "it is difficult for the government to monitor such a large population, and it would be impossible without technology." Even with many cameras, this is a difficult task It is not possible to view all the videos, and searching takes a very long time and requires a lot of resources to get any meaningful results from such a huge amount of data. But artificial intelligence can do this easily using the already existing information structure ".
"Our algorithm is more accurate than the customs specialists when it comes to determining whether one is the same person on two different images.He can even find an object among millions of other people using a picture of 25 or 30 years ago ".