Image shows Wang Yiheng looking at a list of pictures.Wang was one of the competitors during a facial recognition contest held in Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province, June 30, 2016. The challenge between an artificial intelligent biometric machine and humans took place on Thursday in Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province. According to a local tabloid People, the AI biometric machine named "Mark", lost to Wang Yiheng, who is a former contestant in the game show The Brain. The competition is a three-round contest where the two competed in recognizing large numbers of photos of the faces of cyber celebrities. In the first round where "Mark" and Wang were requested to identify the faces of cyber celebrities present at the contest from 150 photos, "Mark" beat Wang by six minutes. In the second round, the two were asked to identify 300 photos and the AI machine lost by just more than a minute. The scores were even in the third round.
Reports say that the genius Wang gained prominence during the 2015 second edition of The Brain, a TV program which shows people with exceptional brainpower
He once correctly picked out a specific cup of water from 520 cups and identified four lip prints from 700 lipstick prints.
“Mark” is the brainchild of Zhejiang Ant Small & Micro Financial Services Group, e-commerce giant Alibaba’s financial affiliate. It can be used in verification of ID in online finance and it can identify images one-on-one in ID verification, account logging, or password recovery, which is unlike the search for one facial image from a reservoir of photos, according to its developer team.