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07/22/2016 12:26 pm ET

Here's Why Oliver Stone Thinks Pokémon Go Could Lead to 'Totalitarianism'

Is this a "new level of invasion"?

Director Oliver Stone thinks the future is bleak in a world full of Pokémon Go players. 

[It] is a new level of invasion,” he said of the insanely popular game while on a panel at Comic-Con Thursday, according to BuzzFeed. “It’s the biggest new fastest-growing business ever, and they have invested [a] 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.”

Niantic, the company behind the smash-hit app that uses GPS for its augmented reality experience, has already admitted to some security issues surrounding the Google accounts of iOS users. The company made a fix and assured users the app only accesses “basic Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email address).” 

Director Oliver Stone on July 21, 2016, in San Diego.
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Director Oliver Stone on July 21, 2016, in San Diego.

But Stone, who is promoting his upcoming film “Snowden” about the NSA leaker, is not a fan and thinks such technology could lead to a “robot society.” 

“It’s everywhere. It’s what some people call surveillance capitalism ... 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.”

Zachary Quinto, who co-stars in the film, had a less dramatic take on the issue.

“I tried to make light of it. He went a little bit more to the real heart of the matter, which I think is a really relevant point that he made,” he told ABC’s WZZM. “I think it’s great that people are engaging with one another, but I feel like the ultimate goal for us is to be able to do that without these devices in our hands.” 

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