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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: 3, Interesting) by art guerrilla on Saturday July 23 2016, @11:21AM

    by art guerrilla (3082) on Saturday July 23 2016, @11:21AM (#379013)

    speaking of personal drama, in talking w SWMBO about kids at the school where she teaches, it appears the prevalent behavior is to act like you are the star of your own 'reality' (sic) show...
    dog almighty ! is that where we are headed ?
    is ted kazinski's shack for rent ?

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  • (Score: 2) by Knowledge Troll on Saturday July 23 2016, @12:25PM

    by Knowledge Troll (5948) on Saturday July 23 2016, @12:25PM (#379026) Homepage Journal

    Your ideas are intriguing to me and I would like to subscribe to your news letter.

    Seriously - details please? Is it kids? Adults? The school staff? Everyone?

  • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Saturday July 23 2016, @07:30PM

    by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Saturday July 23 2016, @07:30PM (#379137) Homepage Journal

    I don't live in the ghetto any more. What's a "w SWMBO"?

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    mcgrewbooks.com mcgrew.info nooze.org
    • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 23 2016, @09:38PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 23 2016, @09:38PM (#379169)

      w is short for with
      SWM is short for single white male
      BO is short for back orifice

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 24 2016, @05:05AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 24 2016, @05:05AM (#379299)

        BO is short for back orifice

        I thought BO was short for body odor. Not sure why someone would be talking to that though.

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by jpkunst on Sunday July 24 2016, @06:20AM

      by jpkunst (2310) on Sunday July 24 2016, @06:20AM (#379313)

      SWMBO = She Who Must Be Obeyed. From the novel She by H. Rider Haggard, jokingly used for "wife".