Thursday, January 25, 2018

Wired reports big-time on China's social credit system


Here's another story, a long one, in Wired, on China's evolving "social credit system", in a culture not used to credit cards.  It's in Wired, by Mara Hvistendahl, Dec. 14, 2017, "China's Vast New Experiment in Social Ranking", aka "In China a three digit score can dictate your place in society."
The article gets into the history of Ant Financial and then Zhima Credit.

The score would invoke the idea of paying your dues as well as paying your bills. Social credit could include helping the poor (and pimping the fact publicly) or taking care of elderly parents.  It could subsume what we call "community engagement".  If it took hold in the US, one can imagine how non-profits could monitor volunteers and control them for the social credits they need to have their own websites some day. Is this the Soviet New Man?

I fed this fire a couple times, as with this legacy piece in 2005 that says people could be scored and well-ordered because of the mathematical nature of real numbers, here.  This could have figured into a major incident when I worked as a substitute teacher. 

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