The Chinese military is looking at blockchain technology to game soldiers into better performance in a token reward system that could offer a better system for the future.
According to a report at Globaltimes.cn – the new blockchain rewards system could also manage personnel data, along with offer rewards to boost training and mission performances, and give soldiers the chance to earned tokens that could be used to collect rewards, a move that experts said could give more immediate incentives to military personnel compared to previous reward systems.
An anonymous expert familiar with administrative work in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) told the Global Times on Sunday that compared with previous reward and promotion systems used in the PLA, such as merit citations that were given only upon outstanding achievements and rank promotions which are based on years of service and long-term performance, the token system could be a more immediate incentive.
“It sounds similar to a KPI system that will give feedback to the troops very frequently,” the expert said, noting that the PLA might still need to figure out what the rewards might be.
“The token will likely not be allowed to circulate as money, and can only be used to exchange for rewards if the system comes into being,” the expert predicted.