iPhone’s future could be for good — or for evil

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Market Watch: As the 10th anniversary iPhones are sold, we should not only marvel at where smartphones have taken us but also consider where those devices will help us travel in not too many more years.

The Chinese government is testing in several cities a social credit system that notes behavior considered harmful to society — for example, shouting at another driver or overly aggressive bargaining with a government official — to ration access to credit, jobs and even schools for offenders’ children. According to an official planning document, the system will “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.”

In Shenzhen, a bicyclist recently raced to beat a red light, and her face appeared on screens above the intersection with a warning that “jaywalkers will be captured using facial-recognition technology.” more …

Opinion: Surveillance, from the novel 1984, “It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself – anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called. (1.5.65).”

Surveillance in the future time of trial will be so intense that most people on the planet will be forced to worship the world ruler.

All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Rev. 13:8

They will be forced to make an image of the ruler:

 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.” Rev. 13:14

And they will be given a mark:

“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Rev. 13:16-17