Pokemon Go has caught on like wildfire since its release a few weeks ago, addicting users while making headlines for a variety of unintended consequences (players discovering dead bodies and accidentally walking off cliffs, for example).
One person who’s no fan of the wildly popular app is director Oliver Stone, who — surprise! — smells a conspiracy.
“[It] is a new level of invasion,” he said of the game during a session at Comic-Con for his upcoming film “Snowden”, reports Buzzfeed). “It’s the biggest new fastest-growing business ever, and they have invested huge amount of money into — as what surveillance is — data mining. Data mining every single person in this room for information as to what you’re buying, what you like — above all, your behaviour.”
Pokemon Go utilizes the GPS in smartphones to track users wherever they go, which Stone does not see as a good thing.
“It’s everywhere. It’s what some people call surveillance capitalism; it’s the newest stage where it’s not for profit at the beginning but it becomes for profit in the end because it creates its own awareness until it manipulates our own behaviour and we start to act like that — which has happened already quite a bit on the internet,” said the “JFK” director. “You’ll see a new form of, frankly, a robot society where they will know how you want to behave and they will make the mock-up that matches how you behave. It’s what they call totalitarianism.”