but the Chinese system will be compulsory & state-wide there from 2020, it’s way beyond conceptual
…as you say though it’s not that materially different from what we already have & the article says as much
but this is a new era of data-optimized social control that we’re stepping into and there’s a distinct lack of public discussion (even perhaps understanding) about it
I’m presuming that it’s something that all but the few who stand to gain would oppose but I just wondered if that’s naivety on my own part in imagining that most people would be as horrified as me. I mean, if you feel that you have some semblance of freedom you wouldn’t want that taken away. But if you felt you were being watched & judged anyway (by either Govt. or whatever deity or belief system drives your moral SatNav) then maybe you might be neutral.
It might even also be a case that you lead a life that it beset by local vandals/crime/whatever - or your perception of that risk/fear… and so you’re pro-authoritarian — I could well imagine that surveillance capital like this would be sold in the UK on the back of the Great Brexit Immigrant Fear (as discussed in the Brexit thread)
Bottom line is that it’s a human rights issue that seems in some kind of sci-fi far off fantasy but it actually right here, right now and there needs to be a public discussion about it pretty quickly