- Mar 18, 2017
Kit Knightly This morning, on one of the WEF’s live-streamed panels, Alibaba Holdings President J. Michael Evans claimed that the company is working on an app that could track an individual u…off-guardian.org
So let’s put these three facts together. It seems Alibaba currently has apps, either being used or in development, that:
Even individually these functions are worrying enough, but they combine to paint a very concerning picture of the future.
- Monitor travel routes and methods and “reward” users for making the “correct choice”.
- Can track an individual’s “carbon footprint”, including what they eat and where.
- Have users “earn points” for “earth-friendly habits”.
Further, combine that with what we know of the company’s reach through its subsidiaries: Smart Cities, banking, healthcare records, emails, internet activity and more.
How long before Alibaba decides to “reward” other “correct choices” that have nothing to do with the environment? Like vaccination, for example.
How long after that do they start punishing incorrect choices?
They already technically have access to the data they would need to construct this system. It would be naïve in the extreme to not see where this leads.
And, of course, it won’t just be China. If Alibaba is doing this then Google, Amazon, Apple and all the rest of them won’t be far behind."
I lost the image of a plane ticket with carbon metrics so this will do.Carbon apps on your phone. Hard to imagine but it looks like it’s coming