I’ve just begun to read Petland’s “Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread–The Lessons from a New Science” for the second time after 2 years, and I found myself thinking on the possible outcomes of a societal score system -similar to PRC’s prospective citizen score application- structured on the very basis of “social physics” and “reality mining” methods. Although at first, it sounds like it is likely to result in a distopia as depicted in a Black Mirror (a Netflix series – highly recommended) episode, I believe that we shouldn’t completely ignore its high potential to be utilised for the benefit of the society by leading indviduals to make logical decisions (especially in their health-related choices or financial behaviors).

 

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