I’ve often blogged on mass transit, mileage taxes and self-driving cars leading us to Soviet propiska. Now, look at how China plans to use a politically correct social rating to restrict “the untrustworthy” from using trains and planes:
Under XI Jinping’s rule, the concept of social credit is part of a wider overhaul planned to be in rolled out by 2020. Everything from how well you treat your parents to what you’re buying will affect your eligibility to receive various rewards and benefits.
The social credit system will, according to government officials “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step” .
It’s a situation played out by way of Charlie Brooker’s dark satire in an episode of Black Mirror, Nosedive. In it, the central character, Lacie, lives in a world where her social rating dicates every aspect of her life, access to travel included.
Meanwhile, we rush ahead foolishly with development of self-driving cars, killing people in the process.