In this release of Made in China, you will learn about the new service for finding lost dogs by nose print; safe search engine for young Internet users and the closure of the censorship Google search engine.
Chinese startup is looking for lost dogs on the imprint of the nose
The Chinese company Megvii, specializing in artificial intelligence technologies, has developed a service for biometric identification of dogs. To recognize the four-legged used image of the nose pattern, which, like a fingerprint in humans, is unique for each animal. Since the launch of the service, the owners have managed to return more than 15,000 lost Pets.
Megvii participated in the creation of the national facial recognition system. Now the company took up Pets. Users need to take a close-up of the dog's face from several angles to make your pet in a common database. According to the developers, the accuracy of the identification of four-legged nose print is now 95%, and in the future, this figure should be even higher.
In the Megvii app dog owners can add contact information in case of loss of the animal. The finder can scan the dog's nose with a smartphone to get information to communicate with the owner. According to experts, this method is much easier, more reliable and cheaper than using collars with trackers or subcutaneous beacons.
The plans of the developers — to use the application not only to search for missing animals but also to track unscrupulous owners who, for example, walk dogs without a leash/muzzle or do not clean up after them.
In China, earned the first teenage search engine with censorship
In China, the official presentation of the new search engine Young, developed with the support of the official information Agency of the government of China "Xinhua" specifically for underage Internet users. It is available through the eponymous mobile application. One of the main features of the search engine is the blocking of content prohibited for children under the age of 18 years.
Since the launch of the test version of Young in June, the app has been downloaded 10 million times. According to "Xinhua", through the search engine, the state will convey to the younger generation the basic socialist values.
When registering, young users must specify their age and gender. In the application itself, there is no advertising, but there is personalized content on interests such as online courses, educational videos, sports clubs, etc. When issuing search results, artificial intelligence technologies and deep learning algorithms are used. The child's parents can set time limits on the use of the application and view the history of visited sites.
The search engine was launched as part of the initiative of the authorities to create "healthy cyberspace" for minors. Earlier, in May of this year, a campaign was launched to combat online addiction in children. In addition, in January there was the "cleansing" of the Internet, which was closed more than 700 web sites and 9300 apps.
Google closed the development of the search engine Dragonfly
About a year ago it became known that Google is developing for China a special version of the search engine code-named Dragonfly. One of its main features was to be built-in censorship to block all blocked content in the country. This news was very negatively perceived by the public and led to a scandal.
The international non-governmental organization Amnesty International, which opposes human rights violations, began a protest against the Dragonfly project, and the US Congress began interrogating the head of Google Sundar Pichai. Being under close attention and pressure, the IT giant was forced to stop creating a search engine. The company officially announced that it has stopped all work in this direction and does not plan to produce such a service in China.
According to the available information, the Dragonfly search engine was supposed to automatically identify websites and topics blocked in the country and not display them in the search results. In particular, any news about the negative attitude towards the authorities, freedom of speech, political opposition, certain historical events, books and much more would be hidden from users.
Note that this is not the first Google scandal because of cooperation with the authorities of different countries. Last spring, more than 4,000 employees of the Corporation opposed the company's cooperation with the Pentagon, in which the search giant was engaged in the creation of algorithms for military drones.