The IONS Innovation Lab has just released its first app — containing tests for certain psychic abilities — which you can download on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
We named the app “PsiQ” as a tongue-in-cheek nod to “IQ” tests, but the app itself is certainly not a complete test. The dreamchild of IONS’ Chief Scientist Dean Radin, PsiQ is designed as both an experiment and a suite of games. From the standpoint of the IONS Science Team, the purpose of the app is to get data from tens (hundreds?) of thousands of people on three different tasks — a conscious precognition task (Hidden Gurus, where you select where the next guru will appear), a nonconscious precognition task (Future Feelings, where you select the positive or negative mood type of each picture and words displayed in the future influence your behavior), and a conscious mind-over-matter task (Heart Quest, where you try to influence a random number generator to give a robot character a glowing heart).
When you first log in, you’ll be asked some demographic and personality questions — this is so that eventually we may be able to correlate performance to these factors. Finally, when you want to see how you’ve done over time, you can go to the Options button and look at your score in each of the games as well as the top 5 high scores across all players.
We spent a year making the app, some of which time was in collaboration with Consciousness Hacking. Funding was provided by the Bial Foundation as well as several generous IONS donors: the Hummingbird Fund, Geoff & Leslie Oelsner, Maureen Pelton and Charlie Hartwell.