The reveal was rather abrupt, but after thinking about it for a while, I kind of like how they did it. Usually this would be something you said up front. If you didn’t say it upfront, you’d have a dramatic reveal, Star Wars style.
Psycho Pass didn’t go with either of these options. It slipped it in a casual conversation, as if it were no big deal, halfway through the series. For a while after I heard this, I just assumed I’d forgotten something. But then halfway through the credits I realized I hadn’t. They just slipped a big twist in, and did it in such a way that I hadn’t even noticed!
A Human System
This lady points out a subject we’ve been discussing since the beginning— the humans don’t make the decisions in this system. They pull the trigger if the gun tells them to, but that’s it. They don’t make the decisions themselves, and so avoid responsibility.
But there is a reason to keep humans in the loop after all. There are rare cases where the system malfunctions, and humans need to go in and clean up the mess. The Sibyl system is not a flawless AI, after all. Despite relying on the Sibyl system so extensively, humans are in the end far more robust.
So I wonder how accurate these career assessments actually are? I’d be willing to be that many people could have succeeded at careers they weren’t assigned to. And we’ve already seen how poorly the psycho pass scores are calculated— a murderer is assigned a low score while he’s in the middle of the act, and the victim of a crime is given a high score and slated for execution.
In a way, I’m disappointed that the Psycho Pass system is so flawed. The question of whether the system is actually a good idea would be much more ambiguous if the system actually worked.