What it seems to describe is a kind of surveillance capitalism under the control of the Party-State, with a sui generis form of public-private synergy and a relatively high level of social acceptance, which even has deep historical roots in terms of the culture of the state. «good governance» and the expectations of the governed. Is it so? In this sense, it could be said that the pandemic has been a stimulus and an incentive for the acceleration and expansion of high-tech systems applied to health, demographic, educational, police administration, etc.
Facial recognition technologies have also progressed. SenseTime, one of the leading operators in this field, now claims to be able to identify even people wearing masks. It is a very important aspect, because in China, in addition to the smartphone, facial for many things: paying, booking, doing paperwork at a bank or in public offices. With the massive use of masks, the existing technologies had shown signs of imperfection (which were ironically underlined on the same Chinese social networks by people who could not enter their own homes because they were wearing a mask, for example).
We can also mention the use of drones to warn people that they have to wear a mask (there is a video in which an old woman from Inner Mongolia is seen who was visited by a drone); robots used inside hospitals to perform pest control, meal delivery, or cleaning in areas used for coronavirus-infected patients; voice assistants that ask people in your home for information, store data and suggest immediate treatment or hospitalization. In five minutes, Chinese voice assistants are capable of making 200 calls, easing the burden on hospitals. With technologies such as speech recognition and semantic understanding, robots are able to accurately understand human languages, obtain basic information and provide answers.