Do you remember Nosedive, that Black Mirror episode in which an entire town was governed by a mobile application?
Well, that scale of popularity that was used by the protagonists of the episode to gain access to certain comforts, but also to the most basic services, is now real in China.
The app in question is called Zhima Credit and it is a social experiment that follows exactly the scale described by Black Mirror.
The app uses big data to track and classify everything that citizens do, from their purchases, to their pastimes to their mistakes.
The rating system will then classify them according to their lifestyle and, if all goes well, some of them will be able to rent a car without having to leave any kind of deposit others, instead, might be in a no-fly list without any other possibility to travel.
We’ll refresh your memory with the trailer, even though the launch date of the fourth season, December 29th, is now just around the corner.