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Chinese media slams ‘AI fortune telling’ services on WeChat

Chinese media slams ‘AI fortune telling’ services on WeChat
One of the products says it “helps you decode your fate” with a system “based on artificial intelligence deep neural network technology,” letting you “experience the charm of eastern philosophy.” (Picture: 橙子AI面相 on WeChat)

Face and palm readings, old Chinese traditions used for fortune telling, are now being combined with AI -- or at least people claim it is. People have been offering “AI fortune telling” services on WeChat, and Chinese state media has recently taken notice.

The services, which operate as WeChat public accounts and mini programs, ask users to upload a picture of their face or hand and sell the results for about 10 yuan (US$1.45). Many of them also encourage people to become  “agents,” who can promote the service to their friends for commissions that can run as high as 70%, according to Xinhua.

The Xinhua report also said that these services pose serious risks for people’s biometric data and need to be regulated, adding that they are gimmicks that are more entertainment than scientific.

We've reached out to Tencent and will update this story if we hear back. 

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