POKÉMON GO! ‘3 min read’

I call my mind as dreamland and I am the ruler in it. It’s same with all. You are the ruler of your own mind. If you are losing control of your mind, then it’s a catastrophe!

This got me thinking more. What happens when you give your mind in control of artificial intelligence? It is like you don’t bother about your mind but allow it to run by the algorithm. If that happens, then, ‘We’re royally ruined’. While I ruminate about this, I noticed that my news feed was overloaded with the latest fever of POKÉMON GO and it was a mere coincidence.

POKÉMON GO is a smartphone game app. This game uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect your time and location in the game and make Pokémon appear on your phone screen which means around you so that you can go and catch them. Well Pokémon is not a new game, it’s a comeback from the 1990’s hit with new feature and the name Pokémon Go. The idea of this game is to “make you” move around in the real time. It’s a brilliant idea to make people move around and get them addicted to this game. One of the news article read the title as ‘Pokémon Go did what Fitbit failed to do so’ (Cited: Chicago Tribune)

Did you notice the quoted bold words?

It makes you move around physically. Amidst the realization of this smart & vivid game, it’s scary to me to think that a game is taking control. I even read newsfeed talking about how this sudden fever is affecting people including reports of injuries to people. No wonder if we even get warnings of “Don’t Pokémon Go and drive”.  There are incidents been reported such as a man fell into the pitch playing this game left him with fracture taking 5-6 weeks’ recovery. The best part is that he had to lie to the doctor that he was walking his dog. Another one is that a teen was lead to dead body as she did not notice where she was walking while playing this game.

I found one of the tweets from USMC.

pokemon tweet

Pokémon Go is a tiny example to what happens when you lose your control. Getting addicted to this game and walking without your knowledge is a form of losing control of your mind. Playing this game could be fun. But you got to stay alert so that you are not lead to unknown places. Staying alert of yourself is more important than staying alert in the game. Play the game at your convenience and be responsible. Even I play this game but only for “fun” and I don’t go to central park nor take a fall for this.

There are always one or the other inventions that we get addicted to causing us life injuries, my simple suggestion is that do not lose your control under any circumstances. Be the ruler of your mind and technology.

 “When we lose control over our minds through hatred, selfishness, jealousy and anger, we lose our sense of judgement” – Dalai Lama

Looks like we need to update this quote as

“When we lose control over our minds through hatred, selfishness, jealousy, anger AND TECHNOLOGY, we lose our sense of judgement”

Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune

See you next Tuesday!
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