Humanity is in danger of “falling into slavery” to smartphones, the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church told The Moscow Times (https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russian-patriarch-warns-antichrist-will-control-humans-through-gadgets-64060).
Laugh him off if you want, but Patriarch Kiril makes sense. The biggest threat, he explained, is that the collection of vast amounts of user data will lead to “control” from one central point.
They’re already keeping track of what we look at on the Internet. You’re curious about what your next-door neighbor paid for her hot tub, so you look it up–and next thing you know, everywhere you go, an ad for hot tubs waits for you.
What if some authoritarian agency–as long as we’re talking about Antichrist, let’s call it a global government–could know everything you read or view or email or post on any blog? They’d be making a list and checking it twice, so they can find out who’s naughty or nice… and deal with them accordingly.
We don’t want a global government. And we don’t like that whole data collection business. Put ’em together and you’ve got trouble.