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Soon, the things around us, possibly even our clothing, also will be connected with the Internet.
These contain information that reveals how we think and feel.
According to recent reports, every Chinese citizen will receive a so-called ”Citizen Score”, which will determine under what conditions they may get loans, jobs, or travel visa to other countries.
This kind of individual monitoring would include people’s Internet surfing and the behavior of their social contacts (see ”Spotlight on China”).
In fact, we are being remotely controlled ever more successfully in this manner.
The more is known about us, the less likely our choices are to be free and not predetermined by others. Some software platforms are moving towards “persuasive computing.” In the future, using sophisticated manipulation technologies, these platforms will be able to steer us through entire courses of action, be it for the execution of complex work processes or to generate free content for Internet platforms, from which corporations earn billions.
Many companies are already trying to turn this Big Data into Big Money.
What started as a program to protect its citizens from terrorism has ended up influencing economic and immigration policy, the property market and school curricula. Recently, Baidu, the Chinese equivalent of Google, invited the military to take part in the China Brain Project.
It is estimated that in 10 years’ time there will be 150 billion networked measuring sensors, 20 times more than people on Earth.
Then, the amount of data will double every 12 hours.
According to him, the behavior of systems could be controlled by the means of suitable feedbacks.
Very soon, some researchers imagined controlling the economy and society according to this basic principle, but the necessary technology was not available at that time.