The ‘city brain’ in Beijing’s Haidian district can estimate how many flats are empty based on power consumption. Photo: Handout The ‘city brain’ in Beijing’s Haidian district can estimate how many flats are empty based on power consumption. Photo: Handout
The ‘city brain’ in Beijing’s Haidian district can estimate how many flats are empty based on power consumption. Photo: Handout

Across China, AI ‘city brains’ are changing how the government runs

  • Authorities at all levels are now using them for everything from pandemic control to monitoring illegal public assemblies
  • While there are benefits, including anti-corruption features, there are also concerns over privacy and data security

Topic |   Artificial intelligence
The ‘city brain’ in Beijing’s Haidian district can estimate how many flats are empty based on power consumption. Photo: Handout The ‘city brain’ in Beijing’s Haidian district can estimate how many flats are empty based on power consumption. Photo: Handout
The ‘city brain’ in Beijing’s Haidian district can estimate how many flats are empty based on power consumption. Photo: Handout
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