By Frank Hovis
China is launching four new moons which will sit in geostationary orbit three hundred miles above the earth.
The reason is to save money on street lighting.
This sounds to me like one of those "What could possibly go wrong?" moments.
Didn't Soviet Russia muck up its climate by redirecting some rivers?
Odds against a dirty great artificial moon plummeting at speed onto a city.
The Chinese government are going to monitor everything everybody does, and give each person a score.
Do stuff the government doesn't like, and you're fucked.
Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens
The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim? To judge the trustworthiness – or otherwise – of its 1.3 billion residents
Imagine a world where many of your daily activities were constantly monitored and evaluated: what you buy at the shops and online; where you are at any given time; who your friends are and how you interact with them; how many hours you spend watching content or playing video games; and what bills and taxes you pay (or not). It's not hard to picture, because most of that already happens, thanks to all those data-collecting behemoths like Google, Facebook and Instagram or health-tracking apps such as Fitbit. But now imagine a system where all these behaviours are rated as either positive or negative and distilled into a single number, according to rules set by the government. That would create your Citizen Score and it would tell everyone whether or not you were trustworthy. Plus, your rating would be publicly ranked against that of the entire population and used to determine your eligibility for a mortgage or a job, where your children can go to school - or even just your chances of getting a date.
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