You are Men, and not silly sheep”, says Beatrice in Comedy, but in the time of Dante, they had not yet developed the means of control that today’s technology has placed at their disposal. Passing the panoptic phase (Bentham) and even the biopolitics (Foucault), and has taken control of the minds and brains of enormous masses, and with their consent. The very current story of Go Pokémon video game is proof.
Most of us have read or heard the news on the latest craze that hit the “digital natives” and beyond, driven to live a new venture between the real and the virtual shouting “seize them all!” the way of Pokemon smartphone search, similar to rodent Japanese characters protagonists of the manga, comics of the rising sun. The video game that is sweeping the nerds around the world was published only weeks ago, but has already won the title of the app (software application) most downloaded in history and daily gains of Nintendo, which owns the brand, are at least 4 million dollars a day. Behind the game, however, takes shape a disturbing truth, which is that of global surveillance, exercised with our consent and at our expense by those who control, along with the video game, the underlying technologies and it orients functions, objectives, outcomes .
Let’s try to clarify. The game has been developed by Niantic Lab., The Nintendo group, whose brains are John Hanke, a programming genius whose company, Keyhole Inc., was acquired at the time by Google supergiant. The synergy between the start-up Keyhole and Google resources are the basis of capital-critical applications, such as Google Maps and Google Earth, and geolocalizzano those who view the world from above and below, up to the windows of our house . Geospatial imagery of Hanke have moved a lender very concerned, the IQT, the US government agency opened to private capital, with headquarters in Langley, Maryland, in the palaces of the CIA. Along with the NSA ( National Security Agency ), the CIA follows everything and invests, with the industrial and financial aid apparatus rooted in the USA in high-tech companies.
The dome of globalist power is therefore perfectly informed about innovations, it directs the practice, it organizes global surveillance mechanisms. Google, like Zuckerberg of Facebook, has a staff liaison with government control systems and American espionage, cemented not only by collaboration, but from the equity crossings and sharing software, know-how and strategic objectives. With Pokémon Go is realized a dream of every time power: control everything and everyone, and earn above.
The mechanism is as follows: by downloading our common relative smartphone app, we begin to “look” for Pokémon in the real world. The system indicates, with special messages, next to the vehicle location, where they were seen. The goal is to catch them with the use of GPS satellite navigation, the computer maps and camera supplied. Reality and virtuality are intertwined, and millions of people drive through cities, suburbs, public places, campaigns, to capture the monsters. Pressing the icon of Pokémon, challenge them, throwing against them Poke Ball. During the game, you can go to the gyms where they train and Pokéshop where to refuel. They will achieve scores that will become “experience points”, and the player will try to catch as many Pokemon and travel more kilometers as possible.
The concept of “augmented reality” will be one of the most powerful innovations in the coming years. The AR ( Augmented Reality ) is not entirely new: it is already used for years in the army and in navigation systems. The strength, which makes it a historic event, is that, with Pokémon Go, it is introduced at the level of mass consumption, and will eventually change with us and reality itself, through new modes of perception and cognition, and interactions.
Augmented reality, not imitated or reproduced, and that’s it. The point is that the masters of steam, after scoring a perfect mapping of each of us through mobile phones, visited websites, cards and credit cards that hold our eating habits, after meticulously cataloged our ideas, our friends, our past and present based on information voluntarily and enthusiastically provided on social networks like Facebook and have collected vast masses of our images and our life from our posting (with the so-called “selfies” , the self-timer with voice camera , the images have multiplied, making even known the place, date and circumstances), through the game they can reach even those sites currently excluded from intrusion: the inside of our house, the toilets of stations and roadside restaurants, and many others, extracting information unattainable with other systems.
Millions of terabytes of data, all that is within reach of the magic of the camera phone. All this could only be achieved with the joyous applause of millions of people, the most interesting for the system: consumers hyperactive, digital convinced, connected at all hours of day and night, basically exhibitionists, extreme narcissists, enthusiastic users of network, believed to be the center of the world through pin and account, uncritical since childhood: the pillars of society!
In short, we work for Google, and CIA, NSA and atrocious company, playing with the phone. After we aimed towards our navel, and the one who watches over us knows all the secrets, especially those that escape us, and above all know, with the skillful use of psychologists, sociologists and other multi-disciplinary experts, what they do not want to take other people’s knowledge now we go out in the open. Hetero, now as then, convinced us with a simple, basic game of little monsters in the form of yellowish rat – Pokémon are considered the Japanese Mickey Mouse – we move, we explore places of which we knew nothing and that nothing interested us. Now do I care a lot, because there, right there, could find the Pikachu, the Pokémon distrustful, whose language is to repeat the syllables of his name with different shades. You can encounter them anywhere, after stopping in Pokéshop or consulted the Pokédex encyclopaedia, of course virtual, and you go from the tombs in the local cemeteries to strip, up to the memorial of the victims of September 11, 2001. Whatever the planet , chosen by the program manager, becomes a hunting ground, nothing is forbidden in the real seekers of virtual creatures.
To smile, thinking of the old movie Ghostbusters, “ghost hunter”, of 1984, where a group of parapsychologists tattered failed roam America dressed in strange suits and with a “proton pack” able to capture the energy psychokinetic ghosts.
Augmented reality, meanwhile, does shoot up the histogram of Nintendo’s profits, and increases dramatically the power of Google, along with the amount of information stored on powerful servers on who has the technologies become the superstructure of power .
On major TV media, or in the pages of the media industry-owned newspapers, the Pokémon phenomenon is presented as a fun game where the risks, at most, relate some excess in the juvenile world. Battalions of sociologists from the shore only analyze the surface of the facts, looking at most to explain the great novelty of augmented reality as the effect of the interaction between space and real time and virtual computing universe. No mention, if a piece of the British Guardian, about the true objectives of what is happening, the impact of new mass mania, nor on the fact that, once again, we are faced with a gigantic manipulation of consciences project for purposes of general domain, of which the numbers of economic profit is only an epiphenomenon, and not the most important.
The Guardian reports that the same Hillary Clinton, presidential candidate of the establishment of the United States, almost certain winner of the farcical elections in which factions of the same global power decide which of them will manage the next few years, they looked at the Pokémon, claiming to do not know the creators of the phenomenon, but would like to bring to vote Pokémon. The brilliant lawyer Rodham, married Clinton is sincere as a Sicilian who claimed never to have heard of the Cosa Nostra. The system of big business and multinational corporations (they had so wronged ones of the Red Brigades, when they spoke of SIM, Imperialist State of the Multinationals?) Is the greatest financier of his party and of herself, and, as regulars of the White House 25 years, can not ignore the hundreds of meetings held precisely at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue between the top of Google, government agencies and the US administration. The digital responsible for the Clinton candidacy, Eric Schmidt, has been CEO of Google.
In Silicon Valley, California, home of the inventors of information technology and telecommunications, he is maturing a new capitalism, which believes the competition “a relic of the past”, noted that the condition of each deal of real success is to act as a monopoly . Just competition, therefore, that good for suburban supermarkets and perhaps for low value-added manufacturing. In fact, through successive and targeted acquisitions, they were expelled from the market pesky competitors and concentrated in very few hands “safe” major technological inventions and the best ideas. The new innovative genius is to integrate those components into a quality product so high that must be used by all major manufacturers. Who has clearly expressed these concepts become a best-selling book is Peter Thiel, owner of Palantir, a technology services company that designs and processes the “big data” (information from all computer systems, satellite networks and communications ), which is worth over 20 billion dollars, is linked to the intelligence world and supported by the CIA. One that is “inside” and knowingly.
Pokémon Go, in this light, it is a giant step towards the final outcome of the colonization of all: the Internet of things – or integration with the network of our homes, cars and tools – so-called smart cities, whose infrastructure will be increasingly owned and controlled by technology giants and big data, further, rhizomatic expansion of Google, the drones, artificial intelligence, inescapable stage of transhumanism. I mean, who owns Silicon Valley is master of techniques and technologies whose purpose is not economic or financial, but the control of men and resources, domain pure and total state.
A dream of this Dr. Strangelove is to penetrate the thought of his subjects (us), download the data and reload them somewhere else: a global brain interconnected in mesh form. It is idle to ask whether the problem is innovation, or the misuse of technology: who owns everything passes in an instant from the “technical” ability to the implementation, application and exploitation. There is hardly a capitalist competition: we are at full monopoly as including first an irregular thinker Ivan Illich.
That’s why even a mobile phone game like Pokémon Go performs essential functions: we used to, indeed offers us as a “game” ( homo ludens .. .) The opportunity to cross a new frontier, one between reality and fiction. He succeeds earning her masters huge numbers, to meet its target to submit a watchful surveillance and complete those pieces of the world on which he had not yet sunk its claws. Finally, more and more approaching the goal of “owning” the men, body and soul, restoring the condition of slave to large sections of humanity. What strikes, amazes and even angers someone is the ease with which all this happens, the complicit silence of the academic, intellectual and political indifference, and, when not in the open consent of reduced majority in livestock experiment.
Rebels are few, and rebellious, Jünger said, it’s just someone who has an innate taste for freedom. The silly sheep are a flock that is swelling every day, making more and more sinister and threatening the admonition of Pokémon Go managers: “seize them all!”.