China Tech Supremacy: Satellite to Explore Dark Side of the Moon and Facial Recognition Technology in Chinese Classrooms

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Moon mission

China is one step closer to reveal all secrets the dark side of the moon is hiding.

The ambitious and fast-growing space power launched a relay satellite early Monday to set up a communication link between the Earth and the country’s planned lunar probe, China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced in a statement.

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Source: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

“The launch is a key step for China to realize its goal of being the first country to send a probe to soft-land on and rove the far side of the moon,” Zhang Lihua, manager of the relay satellite project, was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency.

Carrying the satellite, named Queqiao, a Chinese-built Long March-4C rocket blasted off shortly before 5:30 a.m. Monday (5:30 p.m. ET Sunday) from the Xichang space launch center in southwestern China.

Facial recognition technology in classrooms

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Source: AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

A Chinese high school is using facial recognition technology to monitor and analyze students’ behaviour.

The technology scans classrooms at Hangzhou No. 11 High School every 30 seconds and records students’ facial expressions, categorizing them into happy, angry, fearful, confused or upset. The system also records student actions such as writing, reading, raising a hand, and sleeping at a desk.

The “intelligent classroom behavior management system,” according to Global Times, also records students’ attendance immediately, and students’ faces are used to pay for canteen lunches and borrow items from the library.

Facial recognition technology is widespread in China, where it is being used to predict crime before it happens. But using the systems in schools has raised privacy concerns and last year hundreds of channels live streaming classroom surveillance footage online was shut down.


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