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4.9.17

You can now make payments by just smiling.




Please don't ask me how, I wouldn't know, first I'm not from China, 2nd, I'm no way near being as crazy as their techies over there!

Yes, it is just as you read in the title, with this new technology that's already seen implementation in China, you can make payments by just flashing a smile!

Me when I first read about it:


Like seriously? is that really necessary? okay, how about this, what if I was being robbed? Huh? Nigga 'gon put a 9milli right behind me and whisper: Just smile for me baby... Doesn't that make their job easy?

Well, Alibaba has no thought of this as it has debuted the protocol at KFC in China, the method that has been dubbed 'smile to pay' was first showed off facial recognition technology at IFA in Germany two years ago when President Jack Ma showed off some basic capabilities, including the option to snap a selfie to pay. The options have advanced somewhat since then. Under the hood, Alibaba uses a technology called Face++ from Chinese startup Megvii, which raised over $150 million from investors that include Foxconn. Now Alibaba’s Ant Financial affiliate launched the ‘smile to pay’ service in Hangzhou, the location of the company’s global HQ, where it is being trialed with KFC.


As you'd see in the video above, you need nothing but your smile to cash off your account and pay for service(s) or items.

The payment process doesn’t require a smartphone, assuming that the customer has already signed up for the Alipay app and enabled facial recognition. A 3D camera located at the point-of-sale scans the customer’s face to verify their identity, while there is a phone number verification option for additional security. -TechC.

Alibaba has always been one pushing for a more advanced e-commerce system an this is actually a great step into the future of online possibilities integrated with offline necessities I must say.

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