A 2016 photo shows prisoners engaged in sporting activity at the jail. Photo: SCMP

No escape? Chinese VIP jail puts AI monitors in every cell ‘to make prison breaks impossible’

  • Yancheng prison, which is home to high-status inmates such as Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, hopes to use technology to monitor prisoners at all times
  • Designers say AI network will be able to detect unusual patterns of behaviour and send an alert to the guards
Topic |   China science

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A 2016 photo shows prisoners engaged in sporting activity at the jail. Photo: SCMP
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.