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WIRED 14 Dec 17
Cover Story: In China, the concept of “social credit” has hit the mainstream—where your purchases, activities, and even your mistakes get tallied into a score that quantifies your reputation
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WIRED 14 Dec 17
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It works like this: The better your reputation—achieved by things like having a PhD, who you associate with, and what you buy—the higher your social credit score. Those with high scores are given preferential treatment in society.
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WIRED 14 Dec 17
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If this sounds a little like an episode of ‘Black Mirror’, you’re wrong. It is *exactly* like an episode of ‘Black Mirror’.
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WIRED 14 Dec 17
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The system has even gone so far as to encourage people to befriend some individuals over others, in effort to boost their score. And if your score slips, prepare to be ostracized.
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WIRED 14 Dec 17
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Users can lower their score by spreading online rumors or failing to pay traffic fines, among other things. They become part of the digital underclass, and aren’t afforded the same perks as high-scorers, like being able to skip the airport security line.
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So what does this mean for you? For now this exists only in China. But bits and pieces of its architecture are baked into tech systems in the US. Folks, welcome to the age of social credit.
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thechae 14 Dec 17
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Bruce Grey Tedesco 14 Dec 17
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This is an intriguing concept. I'll read the article. ---- good metrics are hard to find
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cumberdict bendersnatch 14 Dec 17
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Yes, this was the exact plot of the Black Mirror episode with Bryce Dallas Howard in it
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Gina 14 Dec 17
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There's a book basically about this called "Feed". It's fictional but extremely eye opening and frightening.
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KP #TrueBlue 🇺🇲🌊 14 Dec 17
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Caz Spidell 14 Dec 17
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Forget Black Mirror and Orville. Community did this first!
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Erik D. Schiller 14 Dec 17
When art satirizes reality and then reality says, "You know what, actually that's a great idea!" @SlaterSeaweed
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Linzi 14 Dec 17
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Human Traffic King 14 Dec 17
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Yay, oppression!
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