AI Catches Killer Applying For Loan


There are several reports of how AI can be the end of humanity as we know it, but it can also be vital to human security. According to a report from China, a person accused of murder was caught by an AI algorithm after he tried to scan his dead girlfriend’s face to get a loan sanctioned from a prominent money lending app in China.


A police officer in the Fujian province stated that a 29-year-old was caught while trying to burn the body of his girlfriend on a remote farm, but the officers had been notified by an online money lending app called Money Station after its software could find no signs of movement in the victim’s eyes.


The facial recognition technology detected no movement in the eyeball and its voice recognition software also detected that it was a man who was applying for the loan instead of a woman. These flagged up several errors in the system which prompted a member of staff to visually verify the identity, which leads to him noticing bruise marks on the women’s throat and he notified the authorities immediately. These errors weren’t discovered by some special state of the art algorithm. ‘Signs of life’ are needed by many tech companies, to protect devices from being cheated by holding photos in front of a camera. There is specially designed hardware designed to check for a living, breathing human or just wink at the camera on command being the easiest to develop and efficient for checking of life in apps.


Before the accused killed the woman, he took her phone to withdraw 30,000 yuan ($4,200) from her bank account, and told her parents she was “going away for a few days to relax”.


Although a trial date has yet to be announced, details of the case have shocked many people. Some Chinese social media users suggested that the plot would be too gruesome or far-fetched even for a horror movie.


This article originally appeared on the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the leading news media reporting on China and Asia. 

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