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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 23 2016, @11:35AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 23 2016, @11:35AM (#379017)

    > Just like the recent Leslie Jones stuff may have been manufaced

    You are right. It was manufactured. But not the way you think.

    Milo *wanted* to get kicked off twitter. His whole shtick is taking performance bigotry and calling it strength. He's been working at it for years, gradually pushing twitter to restrict him, each time getting bigger and bigger penalties. A few months ago they took away his 'verified' status. He celebrated when his team got the email that he was banned because he expects it to boost his celebrity among among his angry, conspiracy-minded followers. His goal is to turn raw rage into political currency and he thinks being banned will help him do that.

    So yeah, a cynical manipulation, and you've been played like a fiddle.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 23 2016, @08:00PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 23 2016, @08:00PM (#379146)

    On the other hand, every single news organization in the world reported dramatically on poor innocent Leslie, who was forced to quit Twitter because of hordes of evil racists. Every one of them reprinted the exact same 3 or 4 tweets, which indeed were pretty insulting.

    Few of the MSM yellow journalists reported that she came right back to Twitter two days later. None of them reported about the offensive, racist comments SHE HERSELF had made before. They had an agenda and they were sticking to it.

    Don't believe me? Then why did the entire MSM all use the exact same word to paint a negative image of this week's RNC convention? LINK [postimg.org]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 23 2016, @10:05PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 23 2016, @10:05PM (#379180)

      > None of them reported about the offensive, racist comments SHE HERSELF had made before.

      Because they weren't. I saw the gif of screen caps floating around that were intended to be oh so damning. They were weak tea and none of them were attacks on anyone.

      But see the original point about Milo's angry, conspiracy theory loving herd.

      > Don't believe me? Then why did the entire MSM all use the exact same word to paint a negative image of this week's RNC convention?

      Dunno how that is related to the original topic unless you've given up pretense of talking about the original story and are just going down the imaginary rabbit hole of conspiracy. But I'd say the reason that phrase was so popular was because it was clever and reporters are lazy. Frankly that's the first time I've even heard it.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 24 2016, @12:36AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 24 2016, @12:36AM (#379238)

      What's up with the cartoon guy clasping his hands?