Why are you so mad?
Do you want to die?
Do not ask.
Because these questions are going to be answered in the new episode of Next Big Futures, which premieres Thursday, March 20, at 9:00 p.m.
(This is a sneak peek of the episode, which you can watch online or on TV.)
As we all know, the internet is a magical place.
But what if we had a way to communicate with one another that was faster, safer, more secure, and more accurate than our phones?
As the show’s executive producer, Mark Burnett, said in a video on the show, “We wanted to find out if we could actually communicate with people on the other side of the world, using what is called a brain teaser.”
The idea for the show came to him when he was out in Los Angeles recently and was trying to convince a group of Chinese-American teenagers that they needed to learn Mandarin.
The group was looking to make money from their skills.
“You can go to China and learn Mandarin,” Burnett said, “and then you can come back and do this in your home.”
The show’s brain teasers are all about teaching the teenagers the ins and outs of Mandarin and the Chinese culture, but there’s one question that’s particularly relevant in today’s globalized world: Can you tell if someone’s been brain-washed?
The show was born out of a desire to help the brainwashed individuals who are searching for answers to their question.
“The brain teases are kind of like brain games,” Burnett told us.
“There’s a big challenge that you’re trying to solve, so you’re not just trying to figure out, ‘What do I do next?’
You’re trying the brain tease.
So you’ve got to figure it out in a way that you think it will help them.”
The first brain teasing was done by the group of students, who then put their heads together and asked one another the same question.
Burnett explained that they were trying to show that they can connect with people they don’t know on a deeper level than just language.
“We didn’t want to just go on YouTube and watch the same thing over and over again,” he said.
“So we wanted to use technology to let people see a picture of someone they know, and then we were going to tell them to go into the room and see how they respond.”
In the new episodes, the students will be asked to describe themselves and their experience, and the answers to the question will be provided to the participants.
It’s like a game show where the participants will be shown the pictures of people they’re supposed to meet in order to get the answer.
The questions are designed to test the students’ reasoning skills, and while they are not a game, they are still something to think about.
“These are real-life questions that you’ll have to think hard about and think hard, in order for them to help you get an answer,” Burnett explained.
The new episode will also have some real-world questions thrown in.
This time around, the question is, “What do you want the future to be like?”
This question will also be answered with a video that will feature the participants asking the questions.
It is unclear if these questions will be answered by the students or the brain-teasers.
“We’re trying not to make the answers harder than they already are, because we want them to be as accessible as possible,” Burnett says.
“But we also want to have a level of challenge that we can’t guarantee that they will be completely accurate.”
The students’ answers are also shown in a special section of the show where they can upload their own videos to show their reactions to the questions and to show how their answers changed from the initial question.
The videos will then be used as part of the final questions and answers.
“It is like a mind game, but we don’t have the answers,” Burnett added.
“They can only take you so far.”
Next Big Futuring will be available on the new Apple TV and Roku devices on March 20.
The program will be broadcast on CBS All Access on March 24.