Chinese AI Powered Prisons

China has hit International News yet again this time it has installed AI monitors in prisons to make impenetrable prisons. 

Yancheng prison, in the Chinese province of Jiangsu , is taking a major leap by employing AI monitors to ensure the incarcerated remain incarcerated.

The huge series of AI enabled cameras will be able to monitor inmates’ every movement and report anything deemed suspicious to the guards in the main control tower.

Some of the high-profile residents include Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai, who is serving life for murdering a British businessman; Rui Chenggang, a former China Central Television anchor who was detained in 2014 for reasons that remain murky; and a number of high-profile figures who were snared for corruption, such as Zhang Shuguang, the former high-speed rail network’s chief engineer and Nan Yong, former deputy chairman of the national soccer association are among the big-profile inmates.

But over the past year, the Ministry of Public Security  has been under pressure from the top to improve its operations.

The jail has since installed the artificial intelligence network which, unlike human guards, should be utterly dispassionate in its treatment of prisoners.

After months of intensive construction, the upgrade of surveillance system at the 40-hectare facility in Yanjiao, Hebei is nearly finished.

The new “ AI jail” system involves a network of surveillance cameras and hidden sensors  through the compound with a blanket coverage extending into every cell.

The network collects and streams data to a fast, AI-powered computer that is able to identify , track and monitor every inmate around the clock.

At the end of each day, the system generates a comprehensive report, including behavioural analysis, on each prisoner using different AI functions such as facial identification and movement analysis.

Most of the time the reports are archived, but if anything abnormal is detected, the machine will flag an alert.




Indraneel Dulange