South Korea readies 4,770-megawatt nuclear plant for new facial recognition system

South Korea said it will deploy facial recognition technology next month to investigate human rights abuses at the world’s largest nuclear plant, using artificial intelligence to detect security lapses at the plant and help hold government officials accountable, the country’s spy agency said Thursday.

The system, called “machines for security audit,” is designed to detect possible illegal behavior at the NPS Korea Nuclear Energy Corp., including thefts of valves and liquid cooling liquid, attempted unauthorised use of firefighting equipment and possible arson or manufacturing misused products, the Ministry of National Security said in a statement.

Human security consultants and government investigators will observe the safety checks and prevent damage by allowing the machines to gather data, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported.

The agency said the massive deployment of the system is also aimed at establishing a “comprehensive” system to explain the act of malfeasance and apply a “real time framework for preventive action” to hold the perpetrators accountable.

The NPS Chernukhana nuclear power plant in Busan is the world’s largest nuclear power plant with a capacity of 4,770 megawatts.

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