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If you’re an artist or like to play video games you might have to consider changing your hobby or choose a new career path. Things you do in your leisure that can identify you as unproductive could result in having a harder time getting access to different services in the future, such as traveling, job opportunities or even special medical care. The same applies if you fall behind on your bills, attend demonstrations or buy low price products, because this is considered less beneficial for society(1). In today’s society, it’s already hard to get by if you are burned out, have any mental illness or if you for some other reason fallen outside of society. By gathering personal data from apps, websites and other digital services you use, inferences can be made about how you live your life and what kind of person you are. Today there are no tools or technology advanced enough to gather all this data, but this is what the Chinese government is now trying to create by a sort of so-called super app, Wechat, that collects all apps within the same app. This means you will be able to do everything you want without using a lot of different apps. Instead, you can chat, send e-mails, order food, pay your bills without leaving the app. This app also has a more advanced app-system where you can make hospital appointments or see how crowded the shopping mall is before you decide to go there.

The question is, with this new advanced app system that can gather all your data, what will happen if you don’t act or perform as expected online or offline? Is it possible to try to fit every individual of society into the same framework? And what will happen to the ones that won’t fit in?

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