Imagine the government making a point system where everything you do can give you positive points and negative points. It’s called “social credit”. Every citizens’s points are added up into a personal total. Positive or negative. Your total decide what privileges, if any, you get. Or, if your points are low, according to the government dictated standards, how you will be punished.
It’s not just about abiding by the laws. You are also rated by your way of living. Like what you buy and how much or little. Alcohol is bad, diapers are good. What you do online or with your phone is also analyzed, as well as you finances and what you say. Your friends and family also has an impact on your score. They can lift you up or bring you down.
High scores gives you privileges like access to better educations, lower rate loans and better jobs. Low raters will have difficulty traveling, no chance of getting credits or government jobs.
Everything is automated. Hundreds of millions of surveillance cameras identifies everyone, register everything people do and artificial intelligence is used to analyze and calculate ratings 24 hours a day.
Welcome to China 2020! That’s when it’s all expected to be up and running.
Do you think this sounds promising? Inviting? Do you want to live like this?
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