A Look Inside China’s Social Credit System | NBC News Now


MEMBER. WE WENT TO CHINA TO SEE HOW THE WE WENT TO CHINA TO SEE HOW THE SYSTEM WILL WORK. SYSTEM WILL WORK.>>PICTURE YOUR LIFE IN A PLACE>>PICTURE YOUR LIFE IN A PLACE WHERE EVERYTHING YOU DO, HOW YOU WHERE EVERYTHING YOU DO, HOW YOU BEHAVE IS TRACKED. BEHAVE IS TRACKED. THE GOVERNMENT GIVES YOU A SCORE THE GOVERNMENT GIVES YOU A SCORE AND THE SCORE IS A MEASURE OF AND THE SCORE IS A MEASURE OF HOW TRUSTWORTHY YOU ARE AS A HOW TRUSTWORTHY YOU ARE AS A CITIZEN AND DETERMINES WHAT YOU CITIZEN AND DETERMINES WHAT YOU ARE ALLOWED TO DO LIKE EVER, ARE ALLOWED TO DO LIKE EVER, BOARDING TRAINS, GETTING BOARDING TRAINS, GETTING MORTGAGE ALL BACK TO THIS SCORE. MORTGAGE ALL BACK TO THIS SCORE. IT’S CALLED SOCIAL CREDIT. IT’S CALLED SOCIAL CREDIT. IT IT IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN CHINA. CHINA. HOW DOES THAT CHANGE YOU? HOW DOES THAT CHANGE YOU? DOES IT CHANGE YOU? DOES IT CHANGE YOU? WHAT DOES YOUR LIFE LOOK LIKE WHAT DOES YOUR LIFE LOOK LIKE WHEN YOUR EVERY MOVE IS WATCHED? WHEN YOUR EVERY MOVE IS WATCHED? ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND ROUGHLY 200 MILLION SURVEILLANCE ROUGHLY 200 MILLION SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS. CAMERAS.>>21, GRADUATED FROM A GOOD>>21, GRADUATED FROM A GOOD SCHOOL WITH SOLID GRADES. SCHOOL WITH SOLID GRADES. SHE IS DILIGENT, NICE. SHE IS DILIGENT, NICE. NO SURPRISE, SHE IS A 752. NO SURPRISE, SHE IS A 752. THAT’S HER RATING OF A PRIVATE THAT’S HER RATING OF A PRIVATE COMPANY WORKING ON AN ALGORITHM. COMPANY WORKING ON AN ALGORITHM. THE SCORES GO FROM 350 TO 950 THE SCORES GO FROM 350 TO 950 AND ARE BASED ON HABITS AND AND ARE BASED ON HABITS AND BEHAVIOR LIKE CLOTHES OR BEHAVIOR LIKE CLOTHES OR DIAPERS, A LOT OF ALCOHOL, TOO DIAPERS, A LOT OF ALCOHOL, TOO MANY VIDEO GAMES NOT SO GOOD. MANY VIDEO GAMES NOT SO GOOD. HER 752 PUTS HER IN MODEL HER 752 PUTS HER IN MODEL CITIZEN RANGE AND GETS HER CITIZEN RANGE AND GETS HER DISCOUNTS AND PRIVILEGES. DISCOUNTS AND PRIVILEGES. SHE LIKES IT. SHE LIKES IT. HER FRIENDS DO, TOO. HER FRIENDS DO, TOO. THEY ALL HAVE PRETTY HIGH THEY ALL HAVE PRETTY HIGH SCORES. SCORES.>>IT PUSHES YOU TO BE A BETTER>>IT PUSHES YOU TO BE A BETTER CITIZEN. CITIZEN.>>YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE>>YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE PUNISHED IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE PUNISHED IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING WRONG. ANYTHING WRONG.>>I THINK THE SYSTEM IS WORKING>>I THINK THE SYSTEM IS WORKING AS A WARNING OR AN ALERT. AS A WARNING OR AN ALERT.>>AND IT’S MANDATORY.>>AND IT’S MANDATORY. THE SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE WILL BE THE SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE WILL BE ASSIGNED TO EVERYONE OF CHINA’S ASSIGNED TO EVERYONE OF CHINA’S CITIZENS FOR LIFE. CITIZENS FOR LIFE. WHAT’S WEIRD IS SO MANY PEOPLE WHAT’S WEIRD IS SO MANY PEOPLE ARE OKAY WITH IT. ARE OKAY WITH IT. IT’S COMPLICATED, BUT CHINA WENT IT’S COMPLICATED, BUT CHINA WENT FROM EXTREME POVERTY. FROM EXTREME POVERTY. CREDIT HISTORY SYSTEM DIDN’T CREDIT HISTORY SYSTEM DIDN’T GROW AT THE SAME PACE. GROW AT THE SAME PACE. TAINTED BABY MILK, COUNTERFEIT TAINTED BABY MILK, COUNTERFEIT GOODS AND WHAT YOU SAW WAS A BIG GOODS AND WHAT YOU SAW WAS A BIG PROBLEM. PROBLEM. SO IN 2014, THE COMMUNIST PARTY SO IN 2014, THE COMMUNIST PARTY CALLED FOR A SYSTEM TO ALLOW CALLED FOR A SYSTEM TO ALLOW TRUSTWORTHY TO GROW. TRUSTWORTHY TO GROW. THE MODEL IS A PLACE. THE MODEL IS A PLACE. IT’S ORDERLY. IT’S ORDERLY. STREETS ARE SPOTLESS. STREETS ARE SPOTLESS. CARS SLOW DOWN, WHICH IS UNHEARD CARS SLOW DOWN, WHICH IS UNHEARD OF IN CHINA. OF IN CHINA. WORDS LIKE HONESTY AND WORDS LIKE HONESTY AND CREDIBILITY. CREDIBILITY. DISPLAY CASES SHOW PICTURES OF DISPLAY CASES SHOW PICTURES OF THE MOST HONORED. THE MOST HONORED. YOU LOSE POINTS FOR THINGS LIKE YOU LOSE POINTS FOR THINGS LIKE JAYWALKING, LITTERING, TOSSING JAYWALKING, LITTERING, TOSSING CIGARETTE BUDS OR SPREADING CIGARETTE BUDS OR SPREADING RUMORS. RUMORS. TAM RUS DO A LOT OF THE TAM RUS DO A LOT OF THE SURVEILLANCE WORK. SURVEILLANCE WORK. POSTERS LIST THE WAYS YOU CAN POSTERS LIST THE WAYS YOU CAN GAIN OR LOSE POINTS. GAIN OR LOSE POINTS. AND EACH NIGHT, SHOWS AND EACH NIGHT, SHOWS SURVEILLANCE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SURVEILLANCE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY. DAY. AND THEN IS AN INFORMATION AND THEN IS AN INFORMATION COLLECTOR, A PAID ENFORCER, WHO COLLECTOR, A PAID ENFORCER, WHO WALKS AROUND AND WRITES DOWN WALKS AROUND AND WRITES DOWN DEEDS OF OTHER NEIGHBORS. DEEDS OF OTHER NEIGHBORS. LIKE THE MAN WHO CARRIED A DRUNK LIKE THE MAN WHO CARRIED A DRUNK PERSON HOME. PERSON HOME. THINGS LIKE THIS ARE GOOD DEEDS, THINGS LIKE THIS ARE GOOD DEEDS, SHE SAYS. SHE SAYS. THE FARMER OVERHEARD SWEARING THE FARMER OVERHEARD SWEARING AND BEING RUDE, BAD DEEDS. AND BEING RUDE, BAD DEEDS. HER QUOTA IS TEN A MONTH. HER QUOTA IS TEN A MONTH. SHE LIKES TO WORK, THINKS THE SHE LIKES TO WORK, THINKS THE CITY IS BETTER FOR IT. CITY IS BETTER FOR IT. THE THING ABOUT THE SOCIAL THE THING ABOUT THE SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM IS THAT THERE CREDIT SYSTEM IS THAT THERE ISN’T ONE SINGLE SYSTEM. ISN’T ONE SINGLE SYSTEM. DIFFERENT PLACES HAVE DIFFERENT DIFFERENT PLACES HAVE DIFFERENT RULES. RULES. SO WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU HAVE SO WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU HAVE BAD SOCIAL CREDIT? BAD SOCIAL CREDIT? YOU TALK ABOUT IT. YOU TALK ABOUT IT. THERE ARE FORUMS FOR DISCREDITED THERE ARE FORUMS FOR DISCREDITED PEOPLE TO GIVE ADVICE. PEOPLE TO GIVE ADVICE. HE HAD A BUSINESS UNTIL HE WAS HE HAD A BUSINESS UNTIL HE WAS SUED BY A CLIENT. SUED BY A CLIENT. AND WHILE WORKING TO PAY 90 AND WHILE WORKING TO PAY 90 GRAND TO SETTLE IT. GRAND TO SETTLE IT. THE COURT PUT HIM ON A SOCIAL THE COURT PUT HIM ON A SOCIAL CREDIT BACK LIST AND THINGS GOT CREDIT BACK LIST AND THINGS GOT WAY WORSE. WAY WORSE. HE EXPLAINED THAT HE CAN’T BY HE EXPLAINED THAT HE CAN’T BY AIRPLANE OR TRAIN TICKETS. AIRPLANE OR TRAIN TICKETS. WHEN HE TRIES THE MESSAGE POPS WHEN HE TRIES THE MESSAGE POPS UP SAYING HE IS DISCREDITED. UP SAYING HE IS DISCREDITED. BEING DISCREDITED MAKES IT HARD BEING DISCREDITED MAKES IT HARD TO GET A JOB, A LOAN, A HOTEL TO GET A JOB, A LOAN, A HOTEL ROOM OR PUT KIDS IN CERTAIN ROOM OR PUT KIDS IN CERTAIN SCHOOLS. SCHOOLS. THEN THERE IS THE PUBLIC THEN THERE IS THE PUBLIC SHAMING, PHOTO GALLERIES. SHAMING, PHOTO GALLERIES. THERE IS EVEN AN APP THAT SHOWS THERE IS EVEN AN APP THAT SHOWS WHO AROUND YOU IS IN DEBT. WHO AROUND YOU IS IN DEBT. IN CHINA, BEING MONITORED IS IN CHINA, BEING MONITORED IS NOTHING NEW. NOTHING NEW. BUT SURVEILLANCE MAKES IT BUT SURVEILLANCE MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO COLLECT DATA FOR POSSIBLE TO COLLECT DATA FOR DETAILED PROFILES TO PEOPLE. DETAILED PROFILES TO PEOPLE. OF ALL THE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE OF ALL THE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS ON THE PLANET RIGHT NOW, CAMERAS ON THE PLANET RIGHT NOW, NEARLY HALF OF THEM ARE IN NEARLY HALF OF THEM ARE IN CHINA. CHINA. ARE PEOPLE BOTHERED BY PRIVACY ARE PEOPLE BOTHERED BY PRIVACY CONCERNS? CONCERNS?>>CAMERAS ARE GETTING SMARTER.>>CAMERAS ARE GETTING SMARTER.>>I’M FEMALE, MIDDLE AGE.>>I’M FEMALE, MIDDLE AGE. TALK ABOUT WEARING GLASSES, THE TALK ABOUT WEARING GLASSES, THE SHAPE OF MY FACE. SHAPE OF MY FACE. THEY CAN DO MORE NAN JUST SEE. THEY CAN DO MORE NAN JUST SEE. THEY ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND WHO THEY ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND WHO THEY ARE SEEING. THEY ARE SEEING. AT WHAT POINT CAN THE TECHNOLOGY AT WHAT POINT CAN THE TECHNOLOGY OGO TOO MUCH. OGO TOO MUCH.>>HOW FAR OFF ARE WE FROM>>HOW FAR OFF ARE WE FROM NEEDING TO DRAW THE RED LINES? NEEDING TO DRAW THE RED LINES?>>IT’S VERY HARD TO SAY.>>IT’S VERY HARD TO SAY. I THINK MAYBE TEN YEARS, 15 I THINK MAYBE TEN YEARS, 15 YEARS MAYBE. YEARS MAYBE. MAYBE. MAYBE.>>THAT’S SNOTNOT VERY LONG.>>THAT’S SNOTNOT VERY LONG.>>IT’S COMING.>>IT’S COMING.>>IT’S COMING.>>IT’S COMING.>>WHERE DOES IT ALL GO?>>WHERE DOES IT ALL GO? HER SCORE IS HIGH. HER SCORE IS HIGH. LIFE IS GOOD AND SHE IS USED TO LIFE IS GOOD AND SHE IS USED TO LIVING MOST OF IT ONLINE. LIVING MOST OF IT ONLINE. SOON HER EDUCATION AND MEDICAL SOON HER EDUCATION AND MEDICAL RECORDS AND RUN INS WITH THE LAW RECORDS AND RUN INS WITH THE LAW WILL FACTOR INTO HER SOCIAL WILL FACTOR INTO HER SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE. CREDIT SCORE. AND WHEREVER SHE GOES SOMEONE

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  1. Wow these guys are more stupid than i thought….
    ''It pushes you to become A GOOD PERSON''
    Yeah…. right!!
    To me… it just looks like they are trying to turn people into mindless zombies that will do anything to get more points…
    and it seems to be going quite well judging by the information that i received from this video.

  2. That whole… Mark of the beast system where you can’t buy, sell or trade goods without forcibly accepting a mark seems awfully familiar (☞゚∀゚)☞

  3. Yeah, I’m sure it’s nothing like credit scores in the US, where you can be denied employment because you were too broke to pay off a credit card. Those people are genuinely bad, right?

  4. They expelled all the people who disagree past rebellions fled to taiwan shot or killed with discretion or at tienmen square now all that's left is to breed the obedient ones like dogs

  5. There was something similar in U.S.S.R. the technology the Kremlin use to spy on people then was not as advanced then like what China Kommunist government use now.

  6. They might as well be living with a Terminator as a babysitter. This is why we can’t give up our rights to bare arms. Especially black folks

  7. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
    Revelation 13:16‭-‬17

  8. I agree all this surveillance is just the hook the government wants to control humans.Which means humans are not entirely free.By the way the debt part is horrible.You know people that lost a job and couldn’t pay for their credit card balance.Tho being in dept could have ended up at that point through illness or death of a love one 🤷🏻‍♀️But,then the government denies you flying an airplane or choosing school for your children 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️The government should be more caring by helping people get out of debt.Just sounds extreme to me.

  9. Ummmm starting to sound like those books you read that the government takes everything over. Also if I want to play a video game all day, Imma do that, so USA for life bissssss?

  10. Your phone used to unlock by finger print.. Now they have those so it's time to get everyone's face scan… By you loving the face unlocking of your phone!

  11. Silicon Valley tech giant Google is doing business with China to bring this same social credit system to the United States keep voting for left wing liberals who say that socialism and communism is great it’s not great

  12. George Orwell was right. This looks very similar to the Nazi regime, where Jews had to wear Stars of David on their sleave. That has been replaced by "social credit scores".

  13. If you think this doesn't yet exist in the west, take it from someone like me who works in B2B credit scoring based on Big Data and AI – Trust me, it's been creeping into western society since a time FAR before China was doing it, except in the west, you don't know that you're being scored, it exists in the private sector and partially the public sector, and over time, you find that you're not being offered the same opportunities as your colleagues and neighbours..

    At least the Chinese know they're being judged.. Companies like the one that employs me, work in the shadows..

  14. I don't have a problem with this system i have more of a problem with this being used to block someone ablitiy to buy plane icket etc. It would be more beneficial if the system only rewarded people with good behavior cuz right now when you do somenthign good you are a sucker cuzn obody will care.

  15. Systems are already in place in the USA…Fed reserve banksters, Facebook, Google, ABC inc, etc. own you and your data in bed with corrupt government have harnessed and ready for complete control..really wake up woke idiots your convenience and socialist utopian ideology will be your demise.

  16. But since lesser people are buying tickets wont it affect the sales .-.? No transport= lesser job opp= lesser salary= lower economy? Can the government cover that up?

  17. I'm pretty sure ill commit suicide if this comes to Canada.
    Unless i somehow get a restart like everyone should at least once. To prove myself..then it might be okay, did previous debt affect people in this situation? Are we all reset?

  18. It's already here in America, what do you think your credit score is. Try to get a loan to buy a car or to rent an apartment or to buy a house without a decent credit score , and see what happens. You simply won't get a loan would you ? How funny , a pot calling a kettle black !

  19. Id compare it to credit score in america however thats only based on your payments but this is completely subjective and you dont want people being nice because it rewards something

  20. Growing up I started to notice patterns and became very skeptical of eastern cultures proclivity towards submissiveness and subjugation to authority. Why they value “security” over freedom is beyond me.

  21. This is really freaking me out. I feel so bad for the chinese citizens. They can not make a single move without the government watching.

  22. The sad thing is, even if they don't like it they can't say so because they will be punished. It isn't evidence if it's forced testimony.

  23. So is the govt on this social credit system as well? They are very untrustworthy. I'm sure Google is helping with this over there.

  24. Black Mirror in real life. “Few people are willing to criticize it” (hmm I wonder why???).

    Minor civil disobedience results in your bank accounts being locked, unable to rent housing, unable to buy a car, unable to fly or take trains, etc.

    Between seeing this and recently watching Handmaids Tale, I’m worried about the potential for repressive authoritarianism in our future. We shouldn’t be naive to think it couldn’t happen here too.

    The corporate world’s appetite for profitable emerging technologies in surveillance
    + the government’s desire for social control at the expense of individual freedom
    + the people’s desire for order and safety in a seemingly chaotic and dangerous world
    = acceptance of authoritarianism

    “Most people are OK with it”… “We can accept it”…

    The repression happens so gradually, and because it comes with certain transitory privileges if you play by their rules, most people accept every incremental step in that direction, like the metaphor of the frog who doesn’t escape the slowly boiling water.

    It’s all well and good until you’re the one who unjustly gets blacklisted, with no escape and no recourse for appeal.

  25. They seem okay with it because they don’t have the right to speak against any idea from the government and are forced to act like they agree, it’s a dictatorship and all people are being brainwashed with propaganda.

  26. Wtf is this that is so wrong in so many level why shame people who are in trouble publicly like this like wtf even an app exist

  27. Im sure they have this in england secretly. Staff in Supermarkets are up to something texting away and whispering and behaving suspiciously while they text in criminal networks to come to shop and harrass, Targeting people. Probably more to do with drugs though. Many nvolved in criminal activity. Especially security guards taking money for favours. I've seen money exchange hands.

  28. This video is ridiculous and exagerrated and fake. The first statement misleads audiences. Every behaviors are tracked sounds like scary, but it is not true. The video just used some typical case to make you believe it is all over China, but it is not. Can't stand using the scary background music. It is propanganda to anti-china.

  29. From what I understand is that if your credit score would be low.
    You can bump it up by making a donation for example for a good cause.

    In other words, if you are rich you don't have anything to worry about.
    In the end, this whole system is gonna control the people even more then they are controlled now.

    I truly wonder if I personally will see a change in people's behavior here.
    I have lived in southern China for a long time, and people's behavior isn't the best.

    I doubt this will affect people that work for the government/army.

    All and all, it will be extremely interesting to see how this will affect the Chinese people.

  30. Because of many surveillance cameras on the street, China is becoming the safest country in the world. Only the criminals worry about privacy on the street. The social Credit System is very transparent. if you are honest person, nothing to be worry about it. China has 1.4 billion people and a big country. it is not easy to keep an order in such a huge country.

  31. I'm studying uni in china, I'm thinking if i should move back to my home country or should i hold on and graduate (3 years left)

  32. No, I don't care what some people think. This is not good. . It hasn't been good. All along
    I wish the government's would not make these things ..
    And AI. AI. Its a aware , And evolving. And we humans think we created the tech. Its more like. The tech is using us.
    It's outside our personal awareness

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