Once again humans are fascinated and tempted by technology while disregarding the responsibility of such power. So often the more sinister motives that are natural to humans are not considered.
Getting people to talk un self conshusly is not fascinating, its manipulative, controlling and deceptive. Also like most normal artists, this man cannot resist the idea of god like power or doing anything for art's sake. Artists are like scientists in this way, needing to see the results and getting results at any cost.
Technology offers artists and alot of other people for that matter what seems like carte blanche to be unethical and get away with things utilizing tech which would usually not be acceptable otherwise.
We KNOW better than this. My parents taught us the opposite of this and Gen X was fighting to make this kind of society a thing of the past. Then tech became this excuse to behave in such ways once again.
This is NOT ok and this spying and torture as a normal part of society is not a necessary by product of progress.
There could easily be laws implemented to prevent this kind of behavior.