When a facial recognition system accidentally flags you for jaywalking, it helps to be a celebrity or at least have a recognizable mug. That’s what saved Dong Mingzhu, who heads up Chinese air conditioner manufacturer Gree Electric Appliances, after a facial recognition system spotted her face on the side of a public bus advertisement in Ningbo, China and somehow decided she was jaywalking. As is the custom for pedestrian perps in some Chinese cities, Dong’s picture was then broadcast on a big screen near the incident, which tipped off local police to the mistake. One can only wonder how an everyday commuter might fare with a similar error, though the likelihood of their picture being in a bus ad, unless they happened to be actors or models, is miniscule.
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