SenseTime's vision: become the “State Grid of AI”

The venture capital darling's products may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but its co-founder tells FinanceAsia they could soon be as matter-of-fact as electricity or water supplies.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tries out SenseTime's facial recognition system (photo provided by SenseTime)
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tries out SenseTime's facial recognition system (photo provided by SenseTime)

Are you hooked on TV crime drama Person of Interest

If you are familiar with the American series, you'll know all about The Machine, a computer system built and designed for a secret US government agency that uses artificial intelligence to pore through immense amounts of surveillance data to predict and prevent terrorist attacks.

In America it's science fiction. In China, it's becoming science fact.

Driven by the government’s ambition to build a national closed-circuit television network, investors have poured billions into maturing artificial intelligence and deep learning technologies, turning China into a cutting-edge surveillance powerhouse.

While the trend...

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