New Sci-Fi Movie 'MindGamers' Aims to Be “The World's First Mass Brain-Control Experiment”

Thursday, 26 January 2017 - 4:33PM
Thursday, 26 January 2017 - 4:33PM
New Sci-Fi Movie 'MindGamers' Aims to Be “The World's First Mass Brain-Control Experiment”
A new movie called MindGamers, set to come out in late March, poses an intriguing thought for our technologically obsessed culture: what if we could use the power of a neural network to link the minds and skills of thousands of human beings at once? MindGamers aims to explore this idea, as well as its dark side: what if this sort of technology were to fall into the wrong hands?

Perhaps even more intriguing, though, is what the filmmakers are doing as part of the film's premiere: according to their press release, they plan on selecting up to 1000 audience members to engage in a sort of real-time experiment. In an interview with Forbes, Dr. Tim Mullen, one of the neuroscientists involved with the movie, claims "We are going to attempt the world's first mass brain-control experiment." This is the side project connected to film, called MindGamers: One Thousand Minds Connected LIVE. Essentially, the selected people will wear a headband that measures brain activity to see if any patterns can be detected. This experiment may be able to gauge which parts of the movie evoked a given emotion, but it also will be used to see if crowd mood and individual emotion can be harnessed and even manipulated.

With all this in mind, scientists and filmmakers may be on the road to creating much more accurate psychographic profiles of audiences and answer questions about how different demographics react to the same movies. Do women and men react differently? Does age play a factor at all? What do individual random thoughts look like and is there any way to make them more uniform as they happen together in a given space?

Strangest of all, scientists will be able to see the results from the headbands in real time, creating the opportunity for some weird moments of synchronicity. How would you react to seeing audience members' brain activity move in unison as they watch a movie about minds thinking in unison? Let's see the new movie adaptation of David Eggers' The Circle beat that.

Tickets for MindGamers: One Thousand Minds Connected LIVE go on sale February 3rd. The event is scheduled for March 28th.
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