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China has gamified being an obedient citizen with the creation of Sesame Credit. It creates a social score that pushes people to behave the way the government …

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  • Extra Credits 2 months ago

    Hi everyone! We went live with this and then I disappeared for a week…I figured our political episodes never get that many views right ; )

    Anyway I just got back and read the comments. There seems to be a ton of debate about what exactly system is and that's totally fair, as mentioned in the video I'm actually not 100% certain so here's a bunch of articles about it, some agree with the video, some disagree, but I feel like these should help at least provide a broader picture:

    https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-future/chinas-nightmarish-citizen-scores-are-warning-americans
    https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/10/in-china-your-credit-score-is-now-affected-by-your-political-opinions-and-your-friends-political-opinions/
    https://www.techinasia.com/china-citizen-scores-credit-system-orwellian
    http://english.caixin.com/2015-09-28/100859064.html
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-34592186
    https://chinacopyrightandmedia.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/planning-outline-for-the-construction-of-a-social-credit-system-2014-2020/

    -JP

    P.S. When researching this I became surprisingly cynical about the Chinese government's supposed "shock" about some of the Alibaba tactics. It seems like really good political cover, especially if they have to scrap the system eventually because of outcry and so far as I can find (again it's tough to get accurate information out of china so I could be completely wrong here) they haven't penalized Alibaba in any substantive way.

    P.P.S. Accurate information about China is especially hard to get not only because of the state control of information on the Chinese side but because there's a lot of alarmism with regard to Western coverage of China. I really don't want to contribute to that. That was not the intent here at all and I hope no one lumps some of China's more extreme policies and the people of China together.

  • Arrowit 2 months ago

    Can't wait to speed run this one!

  • dan ever 2 months ago

    but what is someone has no ffriends?

  • samt gaming 2 months ago

    Someone is going to hack the shit out of it like give royal and big famos pepole low scors… and thats scary…

  • Sophie Shinning 2 months ago

    THIS IS JUNE 2018 AND ITS ON AND ALREADY HAS PUNITION: YOU CANNOT GET A GOOD FLAT IF YOUR SCORE IS LOW NOR TRAVEL BY PLANE, NOR TRAVEL IN NORMAL TRAINS. ONLY SLOW ONES. YOU CANNOT GET A CREDIT NOR TAKE A ROOM IN A HOTEL. YOU CANNOT GET A JOB. IF YOU ARE FRIEND WITH PEOPLE WITH LOW SCORE YOUR OWN SCORE GOES DOWN. ALL JOURNALIST WHO WROTE SOMETHING CRITICAL ABOUT IT OR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT HAVE A LOW SCORE, ANY CITIZEN CRITICISING THE SYSTEM IN ANY WAY GET A LOW SCORE, ALSO CHILDREN AT SCHOOL AND STUDENT AT UNIVERSITY GET A LOW SCORE IF THEY ARE NOT AS WANTED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN SCHOOL, ASK TOO MANY QUESTIONS, OR DON'T HAVE BRILLIANT RESULTS AT SCHOOL. YOU ARE ALSO CLASSIFIED BY HOW MUCH MONEY YOU MAKE AND HOW MANY DIPLOMS YOU HAVE.
    THE NIGHTMARE HAS BEGUN.
    THIS WAY NOBODY CAN DO NOR SAY ANYTHING AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT NOT EVEN INTERNAL NOR CRITICIZE SOMETHING PROBLEMATIC IN THE COUNTRY EVEN IF IT WITHIN THE CONFINE OF THE CHINESE LAW AND WHAT THEY CAN COMPLAIN ABOUT OR COULD UNTIL NOW. THIS SHOULD BE FORBIDDEN.

  • Alexandre Margery 2 months ago

    Any updates?

  • Chromosome Extract 2 months ago

    Thus is why we should've crushed the communists in the 30s and 40s, back when we could have. The nationalists weren't good but they were better than the communists.

  • TheSpecialistGamerX2 2 months ago

    Nice vid but i look forward to seeing the results of this policy and will not go against china for this policy. I hope china doesn't make a shitty uneffective society and instead capatilises on this to expand humanites capacity for succes and everything else (similar shit happens naturally anyways so this system is not in the ethical wrong in my opiniom)

  • Richard Wu 2 months ago

    Its here. China is putting in social credit, and they are already using it. Now they want to make it so poor credit can lead to bankruptcy.

  • Jakob Matthies 2 months ago

    As horrible as it is… this system is a truly beautiful method to control people

  • Digiflower5 2 months ago

    This is crazy, Whats going on with this now?

  • GeekachuIChooseYou 2 months ago

    Good god. And I thought that North Korean education (which literally teaches the kids to hate and even use swear words to casually describe Americans) was bad. This is like apartheid and government censorship had an accidental baby but were in a country where laws prevented them from aborting it, and then said baby grew up to vote Trump.

  • Rejinald Palmer 2 months ago

    So when is "Black Mirror" gonna sue?

  • shawnakay dudley 2 months ago

    Sadly, since China is a communist country that regulates what it's citizens see this video may not reach Chinese citizens due to the reveal of corruptive manipulation on people.

  • SrynkyTheWolf2732 2 months ago

    everyone get out of China, NOW

  • Edwin Cheng 2 months ago

    Nobody can watch this in mainland China

  • PyForce 2 months ago

    Add this to recent developments in AI; you'll see how the human race is heading towards 3rd generation slavery.

  • Maurício Gerhardt 2 months ago

    very interesting. subscribed.

  • Gods 69 2 months ago

    although most of you will not belief or take things seriously but this is so real and one day china will be one of the world most powerful country's

  • Rodney Lim 2 months ago

    This kind of reminds me of Psycho Pass somehow

  • Andrés Díaz Martínez 2 months ago

    I never post any comment, but this sounds so important that I have to say something about it. If I can relate this with something just watch the Netflix series black mirror episode “Nosedive”. When I watched it I thought it was the most scary one episode because I thought it could happened, and here it is…😨

  • Shadownrun2 2 months ago

    Someone should make a game with a social distopia like that…
    A cyberpunk one

  • TribeOfKings 2 months ago

    China partying like its 1984

  • DarkDraken 2 months ago

    Two years left!