I'm not sure if many of you use smartphones or not but there was an app released not too long ago called Pokemon GO. It is aimed at mostly young people but also fans of the show and games. It enables the player to experience what is being called "augmented reality" by placing spawn points in GPS locations for the players to find. The game has been quite a hit, I hear that it raised a lot of money for the company that released it. Practically half of the world downloaded this app within the first couple weeks. It's too bad none of them took the time to read the terms and conditions they all were agreeing to when they hit that download button. If you read the terms and conditions for pokemon go, you will find that it gives the app permissions to your phone like access to your pictures, camera, microphone, Google account, etc. also access to your Gmail giving them the ability to read and send mail from your account. It also states that anything illegal that is found or recorded can be turned in to authorities or a third party at the developers discression. If you dig a little deeper into the background of this game, you will find out something interesting about the developer, John Hanke. He was also the creator of Google Earth. Dig a little deeper and you will find out that he has been receiving funding from the CIA to develop these apps. About at this point I started to go "hmmmm" as gears began to turn in my head. If you think about it, Google Earth is actually pretty limited by the things you can see via street view. The van can only go so many places on the roads. Similarly the satellites can only reveal so much of the earth since its perspective is limited to one angle (it can't see inside buildings for example). But then we get an app like Pokemon GO. Take away the Pokemon and look at what we've got. An app that: 1. Tracks your every move and constantly records data with your camera tagged with a precise GPS location. (Even if your phone is pointed at the ground, it is stil recording something. Compiled in the right way, you could have a precise representation of the earth in digital form. You have to wonder what could potentially be done with that information.) 2. Can be used as a tool for authorities to warrant police action against citizens. (This app makes it so that they don't even have to enter your residence to inspect it. It can potentially be done on a computer and it would all be 100% legal because your 8 year old agreed to download a free app.) 3. Can be used to coordinate users on a massive scale to go out and record certain areas using spawn points for pokemon. (People are literally being used as reconnaissance drones. All the developer has to do is place a pokemon out in the world and this happens) Please don't take my word for any of this. You can do your own research and find exactly what I'm talking about. I realize I have made some assumptions in this post about the alternative purpose of this app which have not been proven. I am more stating my own observations about the potential for such an Orwellian alternative function.