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Can I use my face here? That will do nicely, sir! Facial recognition is a big deal in China. Not just
 
July 31 · Issue #36 · View online
Asia AI News
Can I use my face here?
That will do nicely, sir!
Facial recognition is a big deal in China. Not just because China’s facial recognition database includes nearly every one of its 1.4 billion citizens. Nor because of the scandal earlier in the year that saw millions of facial scan records compromised because a security vendor’s FR database was breached. China is also the world’s biggest test-bed for facial recognition payment solutions.
According to the South China Morning Post, retailers in a number of Chinese cities - from supermarkets to bakers - have started accepting payments via facial recognition. The implications for facial recognition payments are immense. Not only does it negate the need for a smart phone - or any consumer smart device for that matter - it is equally applicable to connected or the disconnected. It’s not necessary to adopt a digital lifestyle to pay by FR: one just needs a face!
In other news, Chinese and Indian robot manufacturers are duking it out for a share of Japan’s warehouse robotics market. As reported by Asia Nikkei, Japan has a labour shortage and Japanese robot manufacturers are unable to satisfy all the demand for new robots.
Oh, and National University of Singapore now has a driverless shuttle bus. And other tidbits below.
/Carrington
PS. For the under 40s: ‘That will do nicely’ was the tag line for a 70s and 80s American Express advertising campaign.

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