Sunday, May 08, 2022

Psycho Pass (Anime)

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Psycho Pass was one of my favorite animes back in the mid 2000s. It's about a world set in the distant future of 2113, where the world is governed by the Sibyl System (シビュラシステム) - a supercomputer which not only stores all of the biometrics related to the Japanese citizen, but also use the data to predict a person's potential to become a criminal and alerts the authorities to capture, arrest,or eliminate the scourge of society (when the assessment is above a certain threshold). This assessment is call a Psycho Pass and the the field officers of the Crime Investigation Department of the Ministry of Welfare's Public Safety Bureau are ones who do the work.

The field officers consist elite officers known as Inspectors. They are accompanied by Enforcers who are are equipped with activated hand-held weapons called Dominators, and are latent criminals charged with protecting the Inspectors. They use weapon which can only fire when approved by the Sibyl System and triggered by its owner.

[Psycho Pass Wiki]

When humans let go of their moral compass (so to speak) and let a system like the Sibyl System take control as judge and jury, it foes lead to many discussions about morality, crime and punishment. More so in today's world when we are having more and more technology take over.

If mental stability and propensity towards crime is a key factor in crime, and when a machine which only has code for right and wrong to pass judgement, where is the human compassion? 

Also, just as humans can be corrupted, so can a system / machine. Which is even worse in this case if people who can override the system though loopholes which only they know.


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