Black Mirror's Nosedive episode is all set to become a reality in China
The Chinese government is building a social credit rating in Suzhou city in order to test the trustworthiness of its citizens.
Whoever watched the science fiction series Black Mirror on Netflix remembers the alarming episode of Nosedive, which sees a social media-obsessed society rating people out of five after every single interaction. In the episode, people publicly rated others, which in turn was the deciding factor for where they can live, who they can be friends with and how they can travel.
Thankfully for us, the episode is mere fiction, but the digital nightmare could become a reality for people living in China. The Chinese government is building a social credit rating in Suzhou city in order to test the trustworthiness of its citizens and plans to implement it completely by the year 2020.
According to the Telegraph, people under the program will be given a 'score', with 350 being the lowest and the highest being 950. Their numbers will go up on account of them doing good deeds, like donating blood, charity work, recycling, etc. Moreover, points can also be made by sending positive messages about the country on social media.
As per reports from the publication, people are slated to begin the program with a sum total of 100 points, which then increase or decrease as per the person's actions. These points will appear on either their ID card or social media, so the respective user has to be extremely careful about how they go forward with their lives and actions.
According to the rules laid down by the Chinese government, if a particular citizen does something bad such as cancel a reservation, leave a dishonest review, their points will go down subsequently. However, people are also at risk to lose their points if they're friends with someone 'bad' on social media.
On the other hand, as a reward for being 'good', high-scoring members of public will be able to benefit from cheaper public transport, free gym memberships, and surprisingly, a shorter waiting time in hospitals. Low-scoring people would consequently have to face travel restrictions, restricted access to certain restaurants and even slower internet speeds.
The only thing to see now is whether the system works for the people or they have a drastic experience like Lacie from the episode. And that seems to be the state which all fans of the show are in, according to Twitter.
If the western countries start developing their own social credit system à la China - that's when I will definitely fuck off to Mars. Or just go back home.— AP (@highest3quency) March 13, 2018
Just imagine Black Mirror's Nosedive episode but on crack.
Is it only a matter of time?
In. Sane.— Gem (@wicksyy) March 13, 2018
That episode was way too creepy— king dylan 👑 (@ThatboyTierney) March 13, 2018
@ClaireMiitchell let's move to china— amy doubtfire ♡ (@amydoubtfirex) March 13, 2018
It will be a fake world— Valentin (@Valentin_Qsl) March 13, 2018
Gather them all up and shoot them into the sun the bunch of narcissistic goblins. Anyone that promotes such a thing should be banished from society.— Derek Brady (@MrBradyNo1) March 13, 2018
Just heard China is building a social credit rating system to test the trustworthiness of its citizens. DID YOU LEARN NOTHING FROM BLACK MIRROR?! pic.twitter.com/kF664GiuR4— alex hayden (@AlexRHayden) March 13, 2018
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