Netflix organizes a “Hack Day” for its employees every year when their product development team takes a break to meet up with new people and exchange innovative ideas and futuristic visions. In the 2017 Hack Day, one out-of-the-box thinker came up with the unique idea of a technology that lets people change channels and hit play on Netflix using only one’s mind. The idea bears an uncanny resemblance to Russian culture minister’s suggestion that the U.S. government is trying to control people’s minds through Netflix.
According to Netflix, most of the ideas presented during the Hack Day are never turned into a reality. However, a mind-controlled Netflix, dubbed “MindFlix,” might not be that far-fetched after all. Using the technology, one can scroll through the options on the TV screen by flipping one’s head from side to side. One can also “play” or “pause” a movie on Netflix by simply thinking a specific Netflix title.
Mind-reading headbands are not a novelty in today’s world. And headbands like these can be paired with any Bluetooth-enabled device. One such headband, Muse, was created by the Netflix hackers who came up with the idea of MindFlix. Muse does not read one’s thoughts per se. Rather, it recognizes brain activity and relays back the feedback to activate certain pre-established functions on Netflix, reported Business Insider.
Netflix, A Mind-Controlling Plot?
This makes life a lot easier for the laziest couch potatoes. They would rather watch the same episode of a series on a repeated loop rather than reach for the remote and select the next one. This project seems to be an innocent upgrade to viewing Netflix. However, Russia’s culture minister Vladimir Medinsky does not think so. He has already stated that Netflix is a ploy by the U.S. government to infiltrate “every television” in the world, reported The Washington Times.
The Russian official believes that by implanting itself into every TV screen, the United States is planning to remotely gain access into people’s minds. Medinsky is accussing the U.S. government of funding startups like Netflix to launch a world-scale conspiracy. “They understand how to enter everyone’s homes by getting into every television with the help of Netflix. And through this television, [they get into] the heads of everyone on Earth. But [Russians] don’t grasp this,” he said.
Ironically, Medinsky’s allegation has been showcased in a Netflix original series called “House Of Cards.” However, there have been no evidence to substantiate this theory, apart from a fictional political drama. Meanwhile, here are some of the other never-before-heard ideas presented on the Hack Day.