“Big Brother is Watching You” never rang so true as today in China, where a technology boom is facilitating the country’s transformation into a surveillance economy with some Orwellian undertones. That transformation is also boosting makers of monitoring equipment. With millions of cameras and billions of lines of code, China is building a high-tech authoritarian future, the likes of which we’ve only seen in movies. Beijing has completely embraced the use of facial recognition and artificial intelligence technology to identify and track 1.4 billion people. The result is an unprecedented national surveillance system so effective that it will be able to recognize any citizen within three seconds . . .

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