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New ‘Game’ Lets You Control Human Beings

If you thought Omnicorp were trouble, keep an eye out for Omnipresenz, the firm behind a programme designed to let web users control real humans to do their bidding.
 
Shown to us via an info-video that might well have come from the Robocop reboot (it looks seriously dystopian), we’re shown the experience through the eyes of an avatar controlled from someone else’s computer thousands of miles away. Terrifying, right?
 
The company, or, putting it better, service, is a web-based game currently looking for funding on IndieGoGo; but don’t think it just akin to the wildly ambitious tech schemes that promise the world but deliver little. There’s much more to its bold ideals than what you see in the first half of the video below, with a sizeable group of experienced developers, who've been working on the project, for two years, shown in the second part.
 
Backpacked, helmeted and given the cool Google-glass like eyewear, the avatars themselves come dressed like extreme sports junkies - doubtlessly to ensure they're ready for any event or ask that comes their way. 
 
It could certainly be a game-changer for the disabled, physically impaired people or simply those who can’t afford to visit a certain location. But as to whether the internet and its more ‘unusual’ types could be trusted to give reasonable commands to their avatar without putting them in danger remains to be seen.
 
We wouldn't want anyone going full-on Grand Theft Auto.