>> How Technology Brought Us Together, and Why it Might Drive Us Apart?

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 behaviors are rated as either positive or negative and distilled into a single number.

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China implemented a Social Credit System, a plan that the Chinese government made mandatory for all its citizens in 2014.

“It’s like a credit score system, but instead of just financial information, this one will also pull together a person’s political leanings, purchase history and even their social interactions to calculate their “trust score.”

What kinds of behavior that could bring a person’s score down?

What are the potential perks of having a high “trust score”; the consequences of a low one?

A great book on the subject, by Rachel Botsman:

Who Can You Trust?

How Technology Brought Us Together, and Why it Might Drive Us Apart?