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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday July 23 2016, @08:19AM   Printer-friendly
from the camera+GPS=knowing-most-everything dept.

This data-mining game is what they call totalitarianism is how Oliver Stone described Pokémon Go at Comic Con. Earlier in the month Al Franken also expressed some concern asking the creator of the game about privacy, data sharing, and account access.

More from Stone:

They're data-mining every person in this room for information as to what you're buying, what you like, and above all, your behaviour. Pokémon Go kicks into that. But this is everywhere. It's what some people call surveillance capitalism. It's the newest stage. It's not for profit in the beginning, but it becomes for profit in the end.

It manipulates your behaviour. It has happened already quite a bit on the Internet, but you'll see it everywhere—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 mockup that matches how you behave and feed you. It's what they call totalitarianism.

Personally I gave up my smart phone more than two years ago because I did not want a spy machine in my pocket; I've never played Pokémon Go but it seemed like a great way for the game creators to get people to run around and point the players camera at what ever they want, obtain other location based data, or focus players into businesses that pay for the privilege. Perhaps I just need to adjust my tinfoil hat but what do the 'lentils think? Is Stone just trying to plug his new movie or is this a legitimate concern?


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  • (Score: 2) by cockroach on Saturday July 23 2016, @10:55AM

    by cockroach (2266) on Saturday July 23 2016, @10:55AM (#379002)

    we have a brave new world where everything from your news to your morning enema is custom tailored to you and you alone

    You seem to be implying that this is something that people want.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 23 2016, @02:05PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 23 2016, @02:05PM (#379045)

    They've been told they want this so by golly, they'll have it!

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 23 2016, @05:36PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 23 2016, @05:36PM (#379092)

    I've been waiting my whole life for something to be custom tailored for me. But nothing is. Where are the eyeglasses that don't sit crooked on my face? Where is the cat food that doesn't stain the floor when he pukes it up? Where are the videos of nude white women performing Sailor Moon's transformation scene? Come on marketers! This is a golden opportunity here. Hello!?

    • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Saturday July 23 2016, @07:28PM

      by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Saturday July 23 2016, @07:28PM (#379136) Homepage Journal

      Where are the eyeglasses that don't sit crooked on my face?

      Old tech, hundreds of years old. Contact lenses are painless now, you won't know you're wearing them, and there are even contacts for astigmatism.

      Or you could spend the $15,000 for a CrystaLens implant and no longer need any corrective lenses (my vision went from 20/400 to 20/16. I have better than 20/20 vision). IMO best invention of the 21st century so far.

      Where is the cat food that doesn't stain the floor when he pukes it up?

      If there's a male cat in your house it stinks to high heaven, and the puke on the floor is the least of your housecleaning problems. Male cats mark territory.

      Where are the videos of...>

      Make one yourself, you lazy bastard!

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    • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Monday July 25 2016, @06:41PM

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Monday July 25 2016, @06:41PM (#379963) Journal

      Japan

  • (Score: 2) by Zz9zZ on Saturday July 23 2016, @06:58PM

    by Zz9zZ (1348) on Saturday July 23 2016, @06:58PM (#379121)

    I've met plenty of people who do want some amount of tailored experience, and no they're not idiots. They realize there is tracking and surveillance, but (to my extreme frustration) throw up their hands and say "I just expect that and adjust my expectations accordingly".

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    • (Score: 2) by cockroach on Saturday July 23 2016, @10:12PM

      by cockroach (2266) on Saturday July 23 2016, @10:12PM (#379184)

      I'm not calling anyone an idiot, all I'm saying is that I've never met anyone who expects any of this.

      Seems we know different kinds of people then.

      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Zz9zZ on Saturday July 23 2016, @11:06PM

        by Zz9zZ (1348) on Saturday July 23 2016, @11:06PM (#379206)

        I was heading off what I saw as the inevitable "well they're just dumb" reply from anyone. The best compromise I've heard of is letting users tailor their own ad topics or user experience. Stalking users to determine the profile is creepy and wrong.

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