In recent years, driven by the development boom of artificial intelligence, the application field of face recognition technology is becoming more and more extensive, and the commercialization situation is becoming more and more positive. However, with the popularization of face recognition technology, the problem of privacy protection has become increasingly prominent and has become the focus of governments and people all over the world.

Alipay’s online face recognition, train station gate face authentication, and Tiantan Park toilet paper picking face recognition. With the continuous development of biometrics, face recognition technology is becoming more mature and application scenarios are becoming more diverse. Moreover, from finance to security, from education to government affairs, face recognition is continuing to open up new markets.

Face recognition accelerates commercialization

Since 2018, six fugitives have been arrested at the concert of the well-known Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung, known as the “God of singing”. In addition to “fugitive killer” Zhang Xueyou, the real hero is the powerful face recognition system. Coupled with Alipay, WeChat and other mobile payment platforms have been on-line face recognition technology, it can be said that this “old” technology has a new look.

In the 1960s, the research on face recognition technology officially started. As a new technology of identity recognition based on face features, face recognition has attracted much attention. In recent years, with the continuous upgrading of Internet technology and the rapid development of new generation information technology such as artificial intelligence, biometric technologies such as face recognition have also made positive breakthroughs.

At the same time, the progress of key technologies such as computer, machine vision and optical imaging also provides an important driving force for the development of face recognition technology. Under the spring breeze of the market, the transformation of face recognition applications has accelerated. With the expansion of the market scope, the volume of commercialization also shows an increasing trend.

In addition, affected by the trend of intelligence and digitization, domestic concepts such as smart transportation, smart city and smart security have been implemented one after another. The high-definition of urban monitoring cameras has accelerated, and the number of monitoring has also increased on a large scale, which not only provides a potential carrier for the application of face recognition technology, but also conducive to relevant data collection, making face recognition technology more and more recognized by the market.

At present, the application of face recognition technology in China mainly focuses on attendance and access control, account opening authentication, personnel security inspection, security monitoring and other fields, and accelerates its extension to government services, mobile payment and other scenarios. Many domestic technology enterprises also regard face recognition technology as an important development direction. Cloud technology, face + +, Zhongan future and other companies have increased R & D investment in order to compete for the first opportunity in the domestic market.

There is no doubt that face recognition technology, as one of the fastest commercialized segments in the field of artificial intelligence, has a broad prospect in the future. Therefore, the state also attaches great importance to the sustainable and healthy development of face recognition industry. In recent years, the state has successively issued regulations such as technical requirements for security video surveillance face recognition system and technical requirements for security of information security technology network face recognition authentication system to standardize the application of face recognition technology and provide policy support for its commercialization.

Of course, face recognition technology is far from perfect. Although the performance in China is still excellent, the application of face recognition technology in some other countries is the most ironic. Since 2017, the British police have tried to use face recognition technology to help the police hunt down suspects, but the recognition accuracy is quite low, even an extremely embarrassing situation of 2% and 0%.

It is urgent to protect personal privacy

The development of science and technology and the protection of privacy seem to be gradually becoming a pair of “enemies”. The commercial application of almost every technology will bring the discussion of privacy threats, and face recognition technology is no exception. When cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of things and big data come, we can’t be calm.

In fact, the application of face recognition technology abroad has caused an uproar. Following mass protests against the US government and Amazon’s face recognition project, the Belgian government recently introduced a new bill prohibiting private use of cameras based on face recognition and other biometric technologies. The purpose of this measure is to regulate and control the country’s video surveillance system and solve the existing privacy and security problems.

As we all know, western countries, especially European countries, have always been very sensitive to personal privacy issues. The massive collection of user privacy information by American technology giants such as Google and Facebook has aroused great controversy in the EU. Therefore, the EU has also issued strict privacy protection regulations – General data protection regulations to effectively maintain the security of personal information.

Technology is a double-edged sword, depending on who is using it. The responsibility of technicians and enterprises is not only to develop a technology or product, but also to consider the social impact of the application of this technology or product. In addition to enterprises, the government should closely supervise the application of technology to prevent it from being abused and even pose a potential threat to social security.

Of course, the development of face recognition technology and other emerging technologies is the trend of the times, and naturally has its great benefits. Since ancient times, many inventions and technologies have been questioned at the initial stage of application, but most of them have withstood the test and continue to play a positive value in economic and social development. We also have reason to believe that with the improvement of laws and regulations and the upgrading of security technology, the future prospect of face recognition is still worth looking forward to.

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