In the city of Xian, the capital city of China’s central Shaanxi province is introducing a new system for the registration of marriage by the end of this September. A far-fetched idea of getting married with a face scan will be available as an option for soon-to-wed couples in Xian.
It is reported by the local newspaper that, in the city, all marriage registries will have automated, AI-powered terminals where couples can obtain their marriage certificates by scanning their faces or identification cards.
Authorities expect to increase efficiency and reduce errors from filling out paperwork, as after this, the entire process of registering a marriage will be carried out electronically.
A digital version of certificate will be recorded in the system as proof of the marriage’s legitimacy. This would further support the idea of less human-to-human contact and prevent the spread of the pandemic.
Xian is not the first Chinese city to experiment with using AI to process marriage applications, Chengdu in Sichuan province used a similar system to register 2,500 couples last year. The system can identify users consistently against a public security database, even with wearing make-up or having minor plastic surgery procedures.
Previously, Hainan introduced facial recognition-enabled automated terminals that enabled citizens to carry out a range of government-related procedures like getting a temporary ID card and paying for traffic tickets without having to queue for a person to assist them.
Facial recognition has played an important and big role in China’s digitization strategy, and is used for everything from identifying and shamming jaywalkers to stopping toilet paper theft.
The world’s second-largest economy is expected to dominate the global facial recognition technology market with a market share of nearly 45% by 2023, according to projections by Gen Market Insights.