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Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It by David Samuels

A friend of mine, who runs a large television production company in the car-mad city of Los Angeles, recently noticed that his intern, an aspiring filmmaker from the People’s Republic of China, was walking to work.

When he offered to arrange a swifter mode of transportation, she declined. When he asked why she explained that she “needed the steps” on her Fitbit to sign in to her social media accounts. If she fell below the right number of steps, it would lower her health and fitness rating, which is part of her social rating, which is monitored by the government. A low social rating could prevent her from working or travelling abroad.

Have you seen the Black Mirror episode, Nose Dive?

Author: Khürt Williams

A human who works in information security and enjoys photography, Formula 1 and craft ale.