Yu Weifeng was kidnapped 18 years ago, at the age of three. Now, Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has helped Chinese police reunite Weifeng with his birth family.
Weifeng went missing on May 6th, 2001, while playing near a construction site where his dad worked as a foreman. Though police started working on the case the day after Weifeng was kidnapped, “technology was limited at the time,” investigator Zheng Zhenhai told News 18. “We checked surveillance footage, but there were simply too many people coming in and out of the area,” he added.
Weifeng, now 21, was raised by adoptive parents who named him Li. Last Friday, he was reunited with his biological parents, with the help of AI software similar to the technology used by the viral FaceApp. Chinese tech company Tencent Al Lab used a picture of three-year-old Weifeng to predict what he would look like as a grown man, then compared the doctored image to their citizen database.
They quickly found Weifeng. The AI was able to predict, with stunning accuracy, how he would look at age 21. Given how accurate this technology is, it’s no surprise how popular FaceApp’s eerily realistic old-age predictions have become.
“When we found him, he refused to believe he was a kidnapped child, but DNA confirmed he was a match with his biological parents,” I
FaceApp may seem like just a fun aging experiment, but the AI technology is already changing lives. This is just one example of the groundbreaking impact this kind of software will have on the world.
Yu Weifeng Kidnapping — Sources