A video published on Monday of an announcement on a train from Beijing to Shanghai shows how the future of China could be dominated by people living in fear of a nationwide social credit system, which will rank all its 1.4 billion citizens based on their behavior.
The social credit system is basically an extension of a person’s financial credit score, which will be mandatory nationwide in 2020. But instead of just tracking financial performance, people will also be ranked on their “trustworthiness.”
“Dear passengers: People who travel without a ticket, or behave disorderly, or smoke in public areas will be punished according to regulations and the behavior will be recorded in the individual credit information system,” a female voice says over the train intercom.
Here's a dystopian vision of the future: A real announcement I recorded on the Beijing-Shanghai bullet train. (I've subtitled it so you can watch in silence.) pic.twitter.com/ZoRWtdcSMy
— James O'Malley (@Psythor) 29 de outubro de 2018