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Chilling Video Shows China’s ‘Black Mirror’-Like Social Credit System At Work
By Mikelle Leow, 30 Oct 2018
Video screenshot via James O’Malley
Some years back, the Chinese government announced that it was putting a ‘social credit system’—much like the one in Black Mirror’s ‘Nosedive’ episode—in place.
The framework rates citizens based on their personal characteristics, behaviors, credit histories, fulfilment capacities, and the quality of their interpersonal relationships.
While the system is poised to make a full debut in 2020, certain aspects of it have already been implemented.
While en route to Shanghai from Beijing, freelance journalist James O’Malley recorded an announcement warning passengers in his train to watch their mannerisms, as their actions could result in a “negative record of personal credit.”
“Here’s a dystopian vision of the future,” O’Malley tweeted.
In the video, a female voice can be heard saying, “[People who] behave disorderly, or smoke in public areas, will be punished according to regulations, and the behavior will be recorded in [the] individual credit information system.”
The clip did not specify what these “regulations” might entail, however.
The ‘social credit system’ isn’t the only wide-scale innovation in China that seems to have come out of a dystopian sci-fi story. Chengdu city in Sichuan intends to hoist an artificial moon in outer space to replace street lamps.
Here's a dystopian vision of the future: A real announcement I recorded on the Beijing-Shanghai bullet train. (I've subtitled it so you can watch in silence.) pic.twitter.com/ZoRWtdcSMy— James O'Malley (@Psythor) October 29, 2018
[via James O’Malley]
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