Would you allow your phone to tell you where to go and how to get there without knowing what your final destination is? Would you play a game that controls your every move? I am not talking about making a decision to go somewhere and asking your phone for intel on the best way to get there. I am talking about a game that sends you places to pick up things. This is a game telling me where to go and how to get there along with many other people. What if the authorities want to round up a certain group of people in one place? What better method than this? According to this article, it’s possible that a person could be in the wrong place at the wrong time and that information could be shared with authorities, thus labelling you as a suspect in a criminal investigation. Kind of whacky? No? On the other hand, could we use this technology to insure Drumpf voters don’t show up at the polls in November? Doubtful as it’s more likely Hillary supporters are playing the game. Maybe it’s a way to insure they show up at the polls?
This article taught me a lot about the origins of Go Pokémon and explains all the good and bad things about this game. It tells you what the game is about (hunting for Pokémon characters everywhere you go in the same way that the creator of the game used to passionately hunt for insects). The article points out that the game is very popular, sucks your battery life and can be played in very inappropriate and sometimes dangerous places. Folks are being asked to cross highways to capture characters and the New York 9/11 Memorial and Holocaust museum are Pokéstops. I remember visiting the 9/11 memorial and being totally consumed with the emotions that the exhibits prompted. I cannot imagine anyone taking out a phone and trying to capture a character while folks are paying tribute and honor. It’s just wrong.
I don’t like the thought that anyone is controlling where I go and how, and the idea that a game controls who I meet along the way is just craziness. So I gotta say, Pokémon, No! Go!