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China's Tech Firms Are Mapping Pig Faces


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Running facial recognition on pigs.

Chinese technology companies are using facial and voice recognition, along with other advanced systems, to make certain the country's pigs are in good health.

Credit: Yingzi Technology

Chinese technology companies are developing facial and voice recognition and other advanced systems as ways to make certain the country's pigs are in good health.

For example, e-commerce giant Alibaba and rival JD.com are using cameras to track pigs' faces; Alibaba also uses voice recognition software to monitor the pigs’ coughs.

City University of Hong Kong’s Dirk Pfeiffer said, however, that the facial recognition technology will not be useful unless China creates a comprehensive database of pig faces.

China is in the midst of closing and consolidating many of its small pig farms, blaming them for polluting the environment, but there are still 26 million small pig farms across the country.

In general, the Chinese government has endorsed implementing new technologies on the country's farms, and has called for increased use of robotics and network technology.

From The New York Times
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