Imagine that you wake up one day and you’re stuck in a Black Mirror episode where every little aspect of your life is decided upon by a new type social media giant that makes Orwell’s *Big Brother* look like child’s play.

In some parts of China, that’s already the shocking reality. Almost every outlandish little thing that was predicted in that Nosedive episode is now implemented in an eeringly verbatim fashion.

If you have a low social score, you would be restricted from renting decent quality homes and your neighborhood choices would be affected as well.

The access to car rental options will be limited if not forbidden, and forget about applying for a loan, or any good paying job for that matter.

And this isn’t even scratching the surface by the way.

Your social score can effectively prevent you from buying train and plane tickets, and even from joining certain social gatherings.

Think of it as some sort of The Hunger Games scenario where the division between social classes isn’t enforced by military action but rather by a “self-policing” technology.

In a era where we’ve just started to emancipate from the gatekeepers, these guys are building the mother of all gatekeepers. And it’s just an algorithm.

That algorithm has the power to decide every single thing about your life: Which schools your children can apply to, which persons you’re “allowed” to date romantically… Hell, it can even ban you from accessing dating websites if your score isn’t high enough.

Oh and make sure to unfriend anybody who has a low score because they will drag you down with them.

And this is no joke by the way, there are people who are punished for who their friends were in 2012.

So if you ever had a friend who decided to “speak truth to power”, or notice an existing failure in the system or even call out an injustice taking place in front of them… You’d better make sure to unfriend them, because in this newer version of Huxley’s Brave New World you’d have to brainwash yourself by yourself.

There’s no one selling SOMA pills, so you’d have to manually numb your own feelings, kill your own curiosity, keep your head down and play the social media game.

And above all, make sure to obey the system at all times and never stick out from the crowd.

“If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.” ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World.

… To Be Continued.

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  1. Workin2005

    Thought provoking post Adil. Talk about a “Brave New World”. Man this is scary stuff. The problem is, those at the top feel they can experiment with the less powerful as if they’re lab rats. If it goes wrong and millions get hurt, they don’t care. That’s just the price of progress…right? This has been the logic behind every community/socialist dictator in history.
    Stalin, a self described “Democratic Socialist”, used this logic to commit genocide. So did Moa and Hitler. We now have people in the U.S calling themselves “Democratic Socialists”. They have all these “wonderful” ideas on how to further the collective at the expense of the individual. But hey, the ends justify the means…right? As I said, scary stuff. You’d think they’d learn from history. Nope.

    1. Adil Elias Post author

      You’re right, scary stuff. Especially when you think about the tools available nowadays. I mean, Xi has nowadays tools of controls and surveillance that Mao couldn’t even dream of. And the same goes for everybody.

      I do hope however that there will be pockets of renaissance somewhere where the light starts to shine.

      1. Workin2005

        Let’s hope so. I do believe logic will prevail…as it has in the past. The problem is, it usually takes a lot of suffering first. I truly pray this time is different. Transparency is key. To that end, blockchain gives me hope. Anyway…great work @the-alien.

    1. Adil Elias Post author

      I can’t really comment on EOS’s current stage of decentralization, but I do believe that it’s bringing upon a lot of positive things and this hasn’t even started yet.

      I do think however that there will be a number of platforms across multiple sectors built on EOS that would help decentralize those sectors or at least present a valid alternative.

      But as I said, this is just the beginning 🙂

  2. Miguel A. Cabanes

    Hi there!
    An interesting topic to think about but that apparently we have little to do about it; I believe that we want or not, in today’s society, everything pushes us to that system is imposed.
    “And this is no joke by the way, there are people who are punished for who their friends were in 2012.” – talking about Charlie Shrem?

  3. CryptosDecrypted

    Over one billion people will live with this…and the rest of us are in play too…remember crypto could make a great tool to suppress us if turned to that purpose …worry a bit for my son – only six. As workin2005 notes below you’d think the last century might have taught us something…oh wait it did..control at any cost. Anyway, important stuff to be aware of. Cheers @the-alien