Oliver Stone Thinks Pokemon Go Is Leading To A Totalitarian State


Oliver Stone was out at SDCC today, showing off the upcoming biopic Snowden, and he touched on a topic that will probably be pretty dear to the Comic Con crowd: Pokemon Go.

To say he is not a fan is putting it lightly. During the panel, the politically charged director expressed some pretty serious concerns about the game, saying (via CBS News):

It's a new level of invasion. Nobody has ever seen, in the history of the world, something like Google, ever. It's the fastest-growing business ever, and they have invested huge amounts of money into what surveillance is, which is data-mining. They're data-mining every person in this room for information as to what you're buying, what it is you like, and above all, your behavior.

Pokemon Go kicks into that. It's everywhere. It's what some people call surveillance capitalism. It's the newest stage. 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.

The director is known for some pretty wild claims, and I'll leave you to land where you want on this one.

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