Controversy is rising when a research institute in China revealed that it can measure how actively people take 'thought education' by analyzing facial expressions and brain waves. 

This is a report by Correspondent Songwook in Beijing.


A person in a white research suit enters the facility marked 'Smart Ideological and Political Bar'.

Contents related to the Communist Party of China are floating on the computer touch screen, and a camera device is installed above the head.

The Hefei National Science Center announced in a promotional video that it has developed a technology that uses artificial intelligence to measure the effectiveness of party members' ideological education and learning.

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By measuring gaze, facial expression, brain waves, and skin electrical response, it is possible to determine the level of concentration and comprehension of the learner receiving education.

[Hefei National Science Center Promotional Video: Study by judging the learning effect. It confirmed the belief and determination to make the party members feel the party's grace, follow the party's instructions, and move forward with the party.]

Chinese President Xi Jinping's third term of office is decided This video was made to show off the center's performance ahead of the 20th Party Congress, but it became controversial after it was released online.

After criticism from netizens such as loyalty evaluation and brainwashing using science and technology, the center deleted the video.

China's advanced technology is being used more widely to monitor residents' behavior.

Classrooms have emerged that monitor students’ class attitudes with artificial intelligence and facial recognition systems, and a region in Guangdong Province has announced that it will purchase equipment that can record sounds within 90 meters of a face recognition camera. 

It is pointed out that China's digital totalitarianism, which uses advanced technology to monitor and control thoughts and actions, is in full swing.

(Video coverage: Choi Deok-hyun, editing: Won-yang)