appears other countries besides China are heading toward a bleak dystopian
future where a human being is scored by their online activities. Only this
time, it’s a tech company and not a government implementing the social credit
score. While not as bleak as China’s social credit system, today Line, Japan’s
dominant social media company, introduced a slew of new products—the most
alarming among them, Line Score, reports the Verge.
Line Score will use AI to give a social credit score to Line
users. The strength of their social credit score will allow them to get access
to better special deals and offers that Line users with lower social credit
scores will not have access to.
While the new
product is unnerving, it’s not completely out of character for Line. Recently
the company has been positioning itself as a fintech provider, and its Line Pay
digital wallet system is wildly popular in Japan. Line Pay also allows users to
shop for insurance and allows them to invest in personal portfolios. Line Score
builds on top of Line Pay by offering those with higher scores better perks.
However, before George Orwell rolls over in his grave, it’s
important to note that Line stresses Line Score is opt-in only and that the
company will never share a user’s Line Score with third parties without the
user’s permission and it will not read a user’s online chats to determine their
Line Score. Still, it’s unnerving that tech companies seem to think that social
credit ratings are the next big thing for now. Hopefully, this is a trend that
will not catch on.
World’s 1st remote brain surgery via 5G network performed in China Published time: 17 Mar, 2019 13:12 · A Chinese surgeon has performed the world’s first remote brain surgery using 5G technology, with the patient 3,000km away from the operating doctor. Dr. Ling Zhipei remotely implanted a neurostimulator into his patient’s brain on Saturday, Chinese state-run media reports . The surgeon manipulated the instruments in the Beijing-based PLAGH hospital from a clinic subsidiary on the southern Hainan island, located 3,000km away. The surgery is said to have lasted three hours and ended successfully. The patient, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, is said to be feeling well after the pioneering operation. The doctor used a computer connected to the next-generation 5G network developed by Chinese tech giant Huawei. The new device enabled a near real-time connection, according to Dr. Ling. “You barely feel that the patient is 3,000 kilometers away,” he said.
Beijing Orders Alibaba To Dump Media Assets That Rival China's Propaganda Machine BY TYLER DURDEN MONDAY, MAR 15, 2021 - 07:30 PM Beijing is reviving its crackdown on the country's biggest tech firms, reminding the world that the CCP is still focused on neutralizing any and all threats to its control of the Chinese economy and its people. Even after amending China's official ideology to include entrepreneurs among the protected classes represented by the CCP (in addition to workers, farmers and soldiers), Beijing, with President Xi at its center, has apparently decided that Chinese tech firms won't follow the American model after all. Instead, their growth and competitive capabilities will be curtailed for the sake of stability at home. After Tencent was censured and strict new requirements were officailly imposed on Alibaba-owned Ant Group that will prevent the company from growing , the Wall Street Journal reports that next up on Beijing's to-do lis
Facebook says hackers saw personal info of 14 million people The exposed data included relationship status, birth date, hometown, education and the 15 most recent searches, Facebook said. by David Ingram / Oct.12.2018 / 9:55 AM PDT / Updated 10:54 AM PDT Facebook said on Friday that hackers were able to access the personal information of 14 million people through a security flaw that the company first disclosed last month, and that the data exposed included information such as recent check-ins and searches. Facebook said in a blog post that people would be able to check whether they were affected by the attack by visiting a Facebook help center online. The company also said that in the coming days it would send customized messages to users to explain what information might have been accessed. The social networking company disclosed two weeks ago that a security flaw in Facebook's "view as" feature had allowed hackers to see into and potentially take