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"Imagine a world where many of your daily activities were constantly monitored and evaluated: what you buy at the shops and online; where you are at any given time; who your friends are and how you interact with them; how many hours you spend watching content or playing video games; and what bills and taxes you pay (or not). It's not hard to picture, because most of that already happens, thanks to all those data-collecting behemoths like Google, Facebook and Instagram or health-tracking apps such as Fitbit. But now imagine a system where all these behaviours are rated as either positive or negative and distilled into a single number, according to rules set by the government. That would create your Citizen Score and it would tell everyone whether or not you were trustworthy. Plus, your rating would be publicly ranked against that of the entire population and used to determine your eligibility for a mortgage or a job, where your children can go to school - or even just your chances of getting a date."

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/chinese-government-social-credit-score-privacy-invasion

After reading the article, I can't help but compare it to a "Credit Score" and it is actually quite logical. Methinks it will be a worldwide phenomena within a couple of decades.
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It is a TOS and DS9 inspired work that echos the best movies. It is a pilot that stumbles a bit, but is pretty and well acted. It was the first new series since I met my wife (ENT was new when we met). And it is the only Star Trek series my father is not alive to watch with me.

We watched the premiere of every show other than TOS together. For Enterprise, we were on the phone before and after. For TOS, I grew up with us on the back porch, with a tiny twelve inch black and white TV with bunny ears tuned into Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, as he cooked dinner on the grill. The real world stars on the island were magnificent, and I learned their names from him.

For some people, it's a photo, or a food, or a place that carries memory of family. For me, it's a three note rising riff and a story of the conflict between law and good, set in the branch of metaphorical science fiction, one of the great wells of "what if" fiction that I was led to as a child and drank deeply from. Discovery manages to tap that well for Trek, after it has been dry for many years. After all, that's Starfleet's mission.

Sure, I have quibbles, but I don't want to get exactly what I expect in my fiction. Just make the story great. And if you need to slay a few sacred cows, fine. But there weren't many real deviations. Conflict on the bridge? Seen it before. Story arcs? Cool. Cliffhangers? It's happened. Have Harcourt and Sarek as bridges to what has gone before, and keep the heart: Space is dangerous and strange and beautiful, and earnest acts and hope and scientific wonder are eternal. Yeah, it's Trek. I don't care what makeup or fashion of the day the Klingons have.

#NeedToMakeANewCircle
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