Computer Generated Visual Noise
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Can we actually help people in spirit affect computers? We know they can work with light and sound, and have heard stories of them texting people, appearing on TV’s, and manipulating electronics in a variety of ways. Can they do this with a computer program? On a basic level computer code is made up of Binary – ones and zeros. A zero represents “Off” and a one represents “On”. Binary is usually then turned into Hexadecimal which is used in most programming languages. Can spirit change a “0” into a “1” and vice versa? At the most basic level a computer is composed of millions of little electrical impulses, carried over an electrical circuit highway – made of various conductive elements like copper and gold.
The concept of ITC experiments using computer software is not new. It has probably cropped up in the past – the first I heard of this type of application was when Russian Programmer Sergey Horo said the following in 2014 in regards to a program he wrote: (retrieved from a thread in our ITC Bridge Forum)
“I’ll tell you a little about the program: ITCScope born accidentally from the program for designers, which I’m doing now. I noticed a person, buildings, animals during testing program and sent Artem Mikheev.
A week later decided to share with the community to understand all together, can there be a future for this method. Program is based on non-linear processes (neural networks with feedback).
The principle of operation is similar to a video ring. The program initiates the random number generator of the input field, is repelled from the generator and adjusts accidentally neurons. Further neural network draws a picture.
Each pixel is input to the neural network, is computed and the result is fed back to the input. This occurs repeatedly.
This method is almost the same method as the video loop, but neural network replaces the camera and the TV replaces the canvas.”
The original link to his software no longer works, but it has been provided for download by our friend Olga in the Ukraine here: ITCScope by Sergey Horo
And now we come to the software running on this stream. In March 2016 someone on Facebook shared someone else’s Flickr gallery. It happened to be Mike Rogers’ album called “Simulacra” and labels as “Results Similar to ITC experimenters results.” Check it out HERE. So I was fascinated and decided to try it out. I had been looking for another viable visual source for streams for awhile now. Mike’s gallery was created using a program called sTile, formerly known as Harmwave. It can be installed on any windows computer, and can be found free if you visit the developer’s website HERE. The installer is only 1.8MB.
I approach any new method or idea cautiously. Last thing anyone wants is to be delusional. As this program is designed to create noise, or patterns to be used as windows tiles or paper (this tells you how old it really is!) the first instinct is to stay clear of it. But I’ve been pondering this method and idea ever since I heard about it from Sergey. Only way to know is to try it – as far as I am concerned, anything is possible. This practice of thought is the only thing that allows me to be creative and continue to develop my own mediumship – the thought that anything and everything is possible. Still we must be analytical (which is not a problem for me)
After experimenting for 5 or 6 hours I am of the opinion that spirit does have the ability to influence these pictures generated in noise; however, the program is limited in its capability to provide definition or images of high quality. I am not aware if the program user Perlian noise or some other algorithm to achieve the desired effect. I’m going to state right upfront that I am well aware that mention of pareidolia will be the first thing to come to mind, and skeptics would have a field day. I wish the images were clearer. Yet on the other hand, if I was concerned about what other people thought, this website would not exist, nor would any of my radio work with people in spirit.
So here we are. This method/stream is not likely to be ground-breaking (although the power of a group of people should never be under-estimated) But I see great potential. Not only do I see it, I know it will be a reality at some point in time. So why not give it a kickstart? Here is what I hope to accomplish by streaming sTiles here on this stream:
- Someone will recognize the functions used by this software and will already be aware of another piece of software that not only performs the same functions, but also does it better (random visual noise generation)
- Participants can do group experiments to see if they can assist people in spirit in affecting physical matter (we’re talking ones and zeros on the stream computer!)
- New ideas will be created and born
From Mike’s comments and my own observation it seems the best settings for the graininess value of the “Plasma Cloud” are 400-600. Want to resize the image larger? Go to Size/Aspect and choose “Resize Smooth” and select your preferred size. Then go back to plasma cloud and click on generate.
We look forward to your comments and feedback on this method. And, of course – if you happen to experience great results then we would love to hear about it!!
***Tip: Most recognizable images tend to take up the whole frame – while smaller images will be seen, it is best to keep the display of the video smaller (not go fullscreen). This is why the stream intentionally includes elements outside of the tiled window – to keep the generated image smaller.
Keith J. Clark