Reality vs Fiction – Surveillance Dystopia

My current novel project, Prototype, explores the idea of what could happen when powerful technology companies are given almost unlimited control over a population of people.

Naturally, topics like China’s Social Credit System pique my interest as they are examples of near real-world implementations of some of the ideas and technology presented in the book, not to mention how those technologies could spiral out of control.

I came across this article on Wired in which the following quote caught my attention:

“The system as it exists today is more a patchwork of regional pilots and experimental projects, with few indications about what could be implemented at a national scale.”

Why did this particular quote stand out? Because it’s the exact “testing” methodology used in my book. Sometimes reality really is stranger than fiction.

The west is taking a slower, less obvious approach. Rather than outright mandating the deployment of such surveillance technologies, government agencies are quietly implementing similar partnerships with private companies. In July, it was reported that Amazon had partnered with 200 law enforcement agencies to promote its home surveillance company Ring. This in exchange for access to a “Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal.”

Some additional articles, if you’re interested: