If you’re concerned how Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus will ultimately doom humanity, look no further than indie flick The Nightmare Code:
The Nightmare Code is an indie sci-fi thriller that explores what happens when the use of behaviour recognition technology insidiously slips into behaviour modification. This movie comes quite poignantly at a time where human interfacing with technology has accelerated in the form of wearable sensors – exercise, sleep, diet, environmental sensors already designed around modifying our behaviour.
The Nightmare Code “it finds the bugs in you”
Where access to biofeedback and behaviour analysis can be quite powerful positive tools for change; things take a turn for the creepy when we talk about who else has access to those very intimate metrics – and what their agenda is for it…
Already, technology has the ability to recognize and parse human behaviour and analyze emotional responses to stimuli. Microsoft wants one of these tools in every living room with the Kinect. While they assure us it won’t be used for nefarious purposes, this kind of technology is developing in direct proportion to our willingness to exchange these conveniences for access – to our lives, homes and now bodies.
Kinect can detect subtle emotional responses
Facebook has built a rather successful model around this value proposition: easy to share any aspect your life, also, we can do whatever we want with it. It’s no wonder Notch stopped development of Oculus support for Minecraft:
“I definitely want to be a part of VR, but I will not work with Facebook. Their motives are too unclear and shifting, and they haven’t historically been a stable platform. There’s nothing about their history that makes me trust them, and that makes them seem creepy to me. “- source Polygon
Directed by Mark Netter and featuring The Walking Dead’s Andrew J. West, the Nightmare Code is still in the funding stages on Indiegogo. It’s currently sitting at $17,335 of it’s requested $30,000 with only a week to go (at the time of writing this article). What caught my attention is that there’s actually a very affordable way to appear ‘in’ the movie via webcam/phone/tablet for $60. You can find out more from their pitch below:
And check out their Indiegogo page here: The Nightmare Code