Big Brother Is Watching: China Will Rank Citizens Into Categories Based On Level Of Trustworthiness
Are we already living in the proverbial future? Modern technologies advance so fast that sci-fi movies may become reality sooner than we think. For example, the People’s Republic of China decided to launch a social credit system that will rate their citizens. What is it – a step towards a better future or dystopia? Let's have a look.
About the system
Imagine the most ordinary day. You go to work, drink coffee on the way, and help an old lady get her bag on the bus. A typical morning – but not for the Chinese program. The essence of the social credit system is to collect all information about a person, based on various factors: behavior, actions, clothes, work, and many others, thus accessing one’s trustworthiness.
The process is pretty straightforward: cameras located everywhere on the streets scan the face of any citizen with 99.8% accuracy. The collected information is analyzed and a person is attributed to a particular category. Here are the criteria included in the rating:
- credit history;
- personal information;
- comments on social networks.
What it means
Based on these criteria, citizens will get points and society will be clearly divided into 6 categories. People with high scores will enjoy priority service in government departments, good loans, will be more likely to get a higher paid job, and even get a better chance of finding a partner since the rating will be available for each of 1,4 billion Chinese citizens. On the other hand, the ‘blacklisted’ will encounter numerous restrictions. Such people will have a harder time finding a decent job, taking out a loan, and even getting a plane ticket. China plans to get the system up and running by 2020.
If you want a sneak peek into the society governed by a similar system, we recommend you to watch an episode of British television series Black Mirror.
Do you think people need such a system to trust each other? Should people be ranked in this way? Share your opinion, before it's potentially too late.