MIT Media Lab is releasing a ‘social experiment’ on Halloween that will let users control a person’s actions

Something eerie has been brewing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and, come Halloween, it will be unleashed on the public.

In keeping with what’s become an annual tradition of unveiling odd projects around the spooky holiday, researchers at the lab have created a frightening program that will put the fate of an actual human being in the hands of people sitting behind their computer screens.

Called “BeeMe,” the Web-based social experiment will let a group of users control a character with a mission and a story line in real-time, while experiencing and seeing everything that the character sees and hears as if they’re inside the person’s body.

Think of it as a dystopian first-person video game, with a real-live human at your fingertips.

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