China wants to give all of its citizens a score – and their rating could affect every area of their lives

Setting aside all the terrifying Big Brother aspects of this for the moment, I wanted to point out that this is the exact plot of the first episode of the new season of Black Mirror, entitled Nosedive (you should definitely watch it). I'm sort of in the business of numerically ranking people (my company assigns a reputation score to our customers who ask for it), so I'm pretty sensitive to the negative outcomes that are possible when large groups of people are competitively ranked on subjective criteria. Chilling.


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