CHIP INSIDE ME

12+   74 min. Production: “Risk-Film” Studio (Russia)

Director: Julia Kiseleva Producers: Olga Shaposhnikova, Julia Kiseleva, Svetlana Bondareva

Realize date: September 2022

Emotions and feelings of people with chips that help them survive. Scientists explain what’s beyond the technologies. Can we control humans with implants?

“We’ll have nanobots that… connect our neocortex  to a synthetic neocortex in the cloud… Our thinking will be a….  biological and non-biological hybrid.” — Ray Kurzweil, inventor and futurist, TED 2014    

Technology in the 21st century has evolved so much that it scares people. For example, there is a fear of “mass chipping”.  “When we all would be implanted with chips?!” – this is the question the viewers ask us when we screen our non-fiction films. People really fear they will be inserted chips to control their behavior. In the new film we want to tell what is a “chip”, where are they used and should we expect for technologies which will control our behavior and emotions.

Can chips control humans? Today implants are widely used in medicine. There are neurostimulators, cochlear implants (artificial hearing), bionic eye (artificial vision), deep brain stimulation to treat Parkinson’s disease.

Rodion is 43 years old. He is a journalist and is going to shoot his first film. After a blow to the head Rodion can’t turn it. Implanted in the brain chips, which looks like tiny deer antlers, and neurostimulator in the chest help him control his head movements. But now he constantly fears to get the neurostimulator discharged. If that is the case he suffers with dizziness and pain and tries to get charged as soon as possible. In the film, we will show the moment when the battery is discharged and Rodion suddenly becomes what he was during his illness. This dramatic situation will happen at the most crucial moment in Rodion’s life. For example on the set of his first film. How will the people around Rodion react to him?

Taisiya is 6 years old. She had hearing problems and cerebral palsy. When the doctor did MRI he said she could never walk. But Taisiya was rehabilitated. After the chip implantation she now dances and sings and wants to go to school. When she meets another child, she shows the implant and says: «I hear them». We are planning to film the episodes of this usual child’s life. Tasya persistently studies with a deaf teacher. She wants to learn how to speak well in order to go to school.

Other protagonist have deep brain stimulation for treating of Parkinson disease.

Our film is about technology, which, on the one hand, opens up great opportunities, and on the other hand, it makes you think about freedom and the society in which we live. The film raises a philosophical issue. Could an implant be a mind (consciousness) control tool?

Respected scientists will talk and discuss about philosophy and science:

Aleksander Kaplan (RUSSIA) — Doctor of Biology Science, professor in M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University

Mikhail A. Lebedev (USA / RUSSIA) — Ph.D, senior research scientist of NeuroEngineering Center in Duke University (USA); academic head of Centre for Bioelectric Interfaces in National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia)

And others.

Our heroes not only look good in the cinema, they have made a significant contribution to science. For example, Lebedev’s research on brain-to-computer interface technology has made him the world’s leading expert in this field. He knows everything about «chips in the brain» because he has introduced hundreds of them into the brain of the monkeys. We will tell about Lebedev’s experiments with monkeys and chips separately in the film, using curious videos from scientific articles (from the magazine “Science” etc.).