Chinese technology expert Matthew Brennan recently shared a TikTok video of a woman buying from a vending machine using only her face.
In the video, a woman walks up to a vending machine, stops to get her face scanned and takes the drink. The purchase did not require her to take out her wallet or phone.
Chinese face recognition vending machine. No cash, card, or phone needed. pic.twitter.com/tDN0pMitA4
— Matthew Brennan (@mbrennanchina) August 21, 2019
Not everyone is allowed to take advantage of this hassle-free payment method, however.
According to Business Insider, Brennan posted a similar video last month showing a foreigner attempting to buy a drink from a vending machine using the facial recognition technology.
Non-Chinese are completely blocked from using China’s new facial recognition payment systems (see video)
Error message Z6100: This account’s real-name verification is linked to a non-mainland China ID pic.twitter.com/SBJItKBWPL
— Matthew Brennan (@mbrennanchina) July 30, 2019
Instead of a smooth transaction, the machine gave him an error message with a note saying, “This account’s real-name verification is linked to a non-mainland China ID.”
Netizens expressed their privacy concerns under Brennan’s Twitter post regarding the vending machines equipped with facial recognition tech.
How much privacy are you willing to give up for convenience in China? Apparently a lot.
— ⚡️₿ Genghis ₿⚡️ (@GenghisKhanh1) August 21, 2019
Lol so epic and cool. The Chinese government has total control over your facial data thanks to apps selling it to them and is using it to enforce a credit system where you have to toe the party line, but at least you don’t have to use a card at a vending machine.
— Spooky Scary Bonelord (@unlovedfetus) August 22, 2019
— Trinity3.11 Trilogy (@11Trilogy) August 22, 2019
Don’t even want the government to know where I live never mind my facial structure
— Tony (@TittyTyrantTony) August 22, 2019
Big Brother is watching you.
And grants you access.
— DD (@DDforyou) August 22, 2019
Meanwhile, others took jabs at China’s social credit system.
Your social media score is too low — soda denied.
— Ott (@Ottstorage) August 21, 2019
As long as you are a good little slave you can have food.
— Dee Lunarfox🌛 (@DeeLunarfox) August 22, 2019
“Sorry, cannot dispense, your social credit score is not high enough for you to receive food”
— Bittergradstudent (@Bittergradstude) August 22, 2019
Good thing she has good social credit
— Tim Guinn (@EzioTim) August 21, 2019
Does your social score go up or down when you buy caffeinated beverages
— ᴉpᴉǝH 🐐💕 (@summer__heidi) August 22, 2019
Featured Image Screenshot via Twitter / mbrennanchina