Black Mirror is a great show but more than that this Netflix programme is also a window into future technologies. The show’s creator, Charlie Brooker, draws us into a series of alternative realities that are home to a bunch of new tech that any hardened techie would love to paw over. Although the tech isn’t real, it’s never far from becoming real so no wonder real life has caught up with some of the stuff featured in the stories in Black Mirror.
The first episode of the third season, 'Nosedive', gives us a really good example of something that’s quickly become reality. In that episode, the characters rate each other from 0 to 5 which leads to awkward social interactions. That’s not the sort of thing we’d like done to us in the UK but in China, it’s already a reality. The Chinese call it ‘Zhima Credit’ and it’s used for personal loans. The system relies on data from social media to rate borrowers, and the borrower finds that the rate of interest applied to their loan relates to the score given them on the web.
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