Oliver Stone, the director of such movies as Platoon, Wall Street, and Any Given Sunday, is slamming the new game Pokemon Go and says it could lead to a “robot society.”
The director spoke out at a Comic-Con panel for his upcoming movie Snowden on Thursday (July 21) in San Diego, Calif.
“[It] is a new level of invasion,” he said of the game (via 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 behavior.”
Pokemon Go uses the GPS in your phone so it can track wherever you go. When the app launched it was also discovered that it gave full access to a user’s Google account, though that access level has been fixed.
“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 behavior and we start to act like that — which has happened already quite a bit on the internet,” Oliver added. “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.”
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