China calls for data sharing to enable AI prediction of terrorist attacks

In 2017, the head of China’s security and intelligence systems, Meng Jianzhu, called on security forces to break down barriers to data sharing in order to use AI and cloud computing to find patterns that could predict and prevent terrorist attacks. Meng also called for increased integration of the footage from the country's surveillance cameras and suggested that AI could "improve the predictability, accuracy and efficiency of social management". China is investing heavily in AI, expecting to spend CNY400 billion between 2017 and 2025, and has already deployed facial recognition to find the perpetrators of minor crimes.
Writer: Nectar Gan
Publication: South China Morning Post