Monday, November 26, 2018

How do you say "totalitarian" in Chinese?

totalitarian / adj. / Of, relating to, being, or imposing a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life, the individual is subordinated to the state, and opposing political and cultural expression is suppressed. ~ American Heritage Dictionary

In Chinese, totalitarian is "極權主義."

Let's look at few stories in the news and see where they lead us. There will be a test.

Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020. China’s plan to judge each of its 1.3 billion people based on their social behavior is moving a step closer to reality, with Beijing set to adopt a lifelong points program by 2021 that assigns personalized ratings for each resident.
The capital city will pool data from several departments to reward and punish some 22 million citizens based on their actions and reputations by the end of 2020, according to a plan posted on the Beijing municipal government’s website on Monday. Those with better so-called social credit will get “green channel” benefits while those who violate laws will find life more difficult. 
The Beijing project will improve blacklist systems so that those deemed untrustworthy will be “unable to move even a single step,” according to the government’s plan.
Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine. The Internet giant is working on a censored search engine for China that will filter websites and search terms that are blacklisted by the Chinese government, according to two people with knowledge of the plans. Google has teams of engineers working on a search app that restricts content banned by Beijing, said the people.

Google Reveals Plans to Monitor Our Moods, Our Movements, and Our Children's Behavior at Home. Patents tell us that Google is developing smart-home products that are capable of eavesdropping on us throughout our home in order to learn more about us and better target us with advertising.
It goes much further than the current Google Home speaker that’s promoted to answer our questions and provide useful information, and the Google-owned Nest thermostat that measures environmental conditions in our home. What the patents describe are sensors and cameras mounted in every room to follow us and analyze what we’re doing throughout our home. They describe how the cameras can even recognize the image of a movie star’s image on a resident’s t-shirt, connect it to the person’s browsing history, and send the person an ad for a new movie the star is in.
This year Google decided to no longer use "Don't be evil" as its motto. Google employee Paul Buchheit suggested the motto in 2000 as "a bit of a jab at a lot of the other companies, especially our competitors, who at the time, in our opinion, were kind of exploiting the users to some extent."

According to Google (!), "Don't be evil." in Chinese is 不要做壞事。

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