IOT might only be trash cans that notify you when full, washing machines that wash when electricity is the cheapest and refrigerators that order home food right now. However, the Internet of Things, IoT, is a commanding trend towards a fully connected society.

But with it also come issues of ethics, security and what role connected machines will mean for our culture.

The Chinese state already has massive databases of images of citizens and the capacity to link these to their identity. The social credit rating system already uses a massive network of 200 million surveillance cameras, expected to grow to 600 million along with other types of surveillance equipment. What will this mean for human culture in the long run?

What if the state was watching over every step you took, everything you buy, who you hang out with and what you talk about. China is building a system to monitor citizens and humanity on an unprecedented scale.

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