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China unveils the latest generation of AI-powered security applications

(ATF) China is rolling out artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that might find themselves unable to translate overseas – such as using a smile to pay for goods. The China designed application would allow shoppers to pay for items by smiling in its direction, an idea that might cause consternation in the West. 

Chinese app designers, however, have no such qualms, while recent announcements from Beijing show China has no issues with super-powerful third-generation AI security applications either.

AI has been widely used in various fields, such as finance, e-commerce, medical care, security, education, social media, and other areas. With the development and application of AI technology various issues have emerged such as data forgery, algorithm bottlenecks, privacy, security, and ethical issues have become increasingly prominent. 

The technology urgently needs safe, credible, reliable and scalable improvements, and Chinese researchers believe third-generation AI might offer some answers. And December 9 saw the release of two of China’s latest AI products – privacy protection machine learning platform RealSecure and security platform RealSafe2.0 – at the 2020 Third Generation Artificial Intelligence Industry Forum and RealAI Strategy Conference of RealAI.

RealAI is an artificial intelligence company established by the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute of Tsinghua University, which sponsored the event with Beijing Zhiyuan Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, and Beijing Ruilai Intelligent Technology.

The company said it was committed to providing AI infrastructure based on third-generation technology to “accelerate the intelligent upgrade of safe, reliable and credible industries”. The company is led by Zhang Bo, the institute’s dean, and Jun Zhu, director of the institute’s Basic Theory Research Centre.

Because privacy protection machine learning and traditional machine learning do not belong to the same technology eco system, companies who want to build a privacy protection ecology face many problems such as poor performance, user unfriendliness and “black box” agreements that create secrecy.

Protected by blockchain

RealAI launched the RealSecure privacy protection machine learning platform through the integration of cryptography and blockchain systems. This is the industry’s first privacy protection AI using an AI machine learning algorithm privacy protected by being distributed by blockchain. 

The company claims that RealSafe is the world’s first enterprise-level AI security platform and the industry’s first anti-virus software for AI models. The product is to be mainly used for face comparison, target detection and image classification and has been applied in major construction projects for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and a power grid company.

In the future, it will integrate more security risk detection capabilities. At the same time, RealAI said it is actively exploring a high-security model training program that does not require manual intervention and automated training. “This series of AI native infrastructure can open up a new dimension of AI capabilities, stimulate the second growth curve of AI, and bring new market opportunities for AI to empower all walks of life,” said RealAI chief executive Tian Tian.

Real AI sees the technology being used in the financial field for compliance and privacy protection. “[This technology) significantly improves the effects of smart risk control, anti-fraud, precision marketing and other applications, making smart wealth management products risks controllable, improving asset allocation and utilisation efficiency; providing a safer and protected face payment system, and helping public security departments improve,” Tian said.

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Chris Gill

With over 30 years reporting on China, Gill offers a daily digest of what is happening in the PRC.

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