If you\u2019ve seen the TV series "Person of Interest," then you might recall that during the opening narration from Season One, Harold Finch would say, \u201cYou are being watched. The government has a secret system, a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I know because I built it. I designed the machine to detect acts of terror but it sees everything.\u201dI was reminded of that when I saw a GIF that appears as if it could be a Chinese version of the show. Except it is not fictional TV. It is a CCTV clip showing current surveillance in China. Thanks to artificial intelligence (AI), facial recognition technology, GPS tracking and 20 million CCTV cameras, China\u2019s sadly named \u201cSky Net\u201d system demonstrates just how creepy real-time surveillance can be.According to a documentary that ran on China Central Television, the security cameras use facial recognition to identify each person and then overlay a popup of personal information on the screen by the person. Descriptions include details such as age, gender, and other features such as clothing color. This happens in real time.The system knows who is who because Chinese people are reportedly given a photo national ID by the age of 16, and the data is stored in the Chinese government\u2019s database. That makes it easy to tag and track people. The stored data from the CCTV footage can later be searched, allegedly for \u201cwanted individuals.\u201d The police are notified if the system identifies \u201ccriminals in the database.\u201dThe advanced surveillance system also identifies vehicles, tagging them with types, colors.You can watch the surveillance video on the Daily Mail website.The Daily Mail went as far to\u00a0call this the \u201cworld\u2019s most advanced video surveillance system.\u201d Whether that is true or not, most governments don\u2019t brag to the general public about how advanced their surveillance is. The Chinese government released the surveillance video allegedly so the people in China can see how the monitoring system \u201ccan help people search.\u201d\u201cSky Net\u201d surveillance systemChina began building its nationwide surveillance system \u201cSky Net\u201d in 2005. It was upgraded several times, but by 2015, Sky Net covered 100 percent of Beijing. The same year, China launched Operation Sky Net to hunt down \u201cfugitive corrupt officials.\u201d The newly released surveillance video is part of Sky Net, but China\u2019s Operation Sky Net 2017 is allegedly aimed at hunting down corruption suspects abroad.Mission creep happens everywhere, and facial recognition technology in Shenzhen started being used to \u201cidentify jaywalkers; names and pictures go up on a screen.\u201d Facial recognition is even being used in public restrooms. For example, in restrooms at Beijing\u2019s Temple of Heaven Park, you have your face scanned before a machine spits out a 24-inch strip of toilet paper. It will not dispense more to the same person until nine minutes have passed.Orwellian nightmare: Citizen ScoreIn 2015, China moved ahead with its plan of a \u201csocial credit system,\u201d better known as Citizen Score, which was linked to 1.3 billion Chinese citizens\u2019 national ID cards, and scored each citizen on their behavior. The ACLU said the system leveraged \u201call the tools of the information age\u2014electronic purchasing data, social networks, algorithmic sorting\u2014to construct the ultimate tool of social control.\u201dA Citizen Score, tied to credit scores, could go down if a \u201cfriend\u201d in social media did or said something the government considered inappropriate, by buying certain video games, posting political comments without permission or posting anything that might embarrass the Chinese regime.Other examples of surveillance in China date back to at least 2008 when taxicabs were fitted \u201cwith video cameras and satellite technology that transmits a live audio feed of what is being said in the cab back to a computer for monitoring and linguistic analysis.\u201d Radio Free Asia added, \u201cIn some cities, the cameras automatically take at least one picture of every occupant as a back-up in case of later criminal activity.\u201dIn 2013, NPR reported that Chinese state security agents \u201cprivately confirmed turning cellphones into listening devices.\u201d Phones were used to eavesdrop, track movements and arrest activists or criminals. Since then, we\u2019ve learned that law enforcement in other countries, including the U.S., resort to the same tactics.I don\u2019t know about you, but I was creeped out by the video showing how advanced surveillance in real time can be. The question is, does China really have the most advanced video surveillance system, or is it the only government that is willing to go on record and admit it?