28.08.19

AI facial recognition software catches murder suspect

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​A murder suspect was arrested in China by artificial intelligence software after attempting to take out a loan under the guise of his dead girlfriend.

Chinese authorities were tipped off by an online lending company that utilises artificial intelligence to verify the identify of loan applicants.

The suspect allegedly applied for a loan using the Money Station App, which includes a process that asks applicants to wink their eyes.

The software did not find signs of eye movement, with a manual check revealing injuries on the woman’s face and neck alongside vocal anomalies that detected that the voice originated from a man trying to apply for a loan instead of a loan.

The system’s red flags led to staff contacting the police, leading to the arrest of the suspect.

The suspect allegedly attempted to use his girlfriend’s phone to steal 30,000 Yuan (€3778.65).