An app called Randonautica
recently came to my attention when I saw a clip of
teenagers who found a dead body
stuffed into a suitcase while using the app last month. I decided to post this in the Skunk Works forum because I consider it to be a fairly
pseudo-scientific topic but I also think it's interesting enough to talk about and I couldn't see anything about it on ATS. The ideas this app is
based on actually have some scientific basis with a long history which is worth looking at.
The basic premise of Randonautica is fairly simple, it uses a quantum random number generator (QRNG) to pick a random location near you and you're
supposed to find something strange at the destination. Before generating the random coordinates it asks the user to focus their intention in order to
influence what they find at the location. It may sound completely outlandish at first glance but there's actually a surprising number of videos where
people find weird and creepy things.
Assuming you can handle watching TikTok videos this YouTube channel
some decent Randonautica compilation videos. Obviously a large part of it is explained by simple coincidence, with so many people using the app some
people are bound to find unusual things. Sometimes they find boring things but other times they find weird structures in the middle of a forest or
they find people doing strange things. Even if it's a complete gimmick I still think it's a fun way to find and explore new places.
However the reason I didn't instantly dismiss it as a gimmick was because it reminded me of the long running
Global Consciousness Project
being conducted at Princeton University. The experiment involves looking at
the values produced by QRNGs in laboratories around the world and using statistical analysis to look for correlations between major world events and
the random values generated. Most famously they claim the events of 9/11 had an impact on the QRNGs.
Like I said it goes back pretty far and has been discussed on ATS before, here's a thread
, here's one from 2009
another from 2014
. The following chart supposedly shows how the numbers diverged from
the expected results around 9/11. Apparently the shift in the data started to occur even several hours before the 9/11 attacks happened, implying that
our "global consciousness" sensed the event coming. They say on their website there's a "one in a trillion odds that the effect is due to chance".
Something important to understand about QRNGs is that they generate truly
random numbers whereas most computers are only capable of generating
pseudo-random numbers. In other words most computers use a deterministic algorithm to generate a sequence of numbers that appear random but can be
recreated using the same algorithm with the same "seed" value. The sequence produced by a pseudo-random number generator (PRNG) will also eventually
repeat if the algorithm runs long enough.
On the other hand truly random numbers are entirely unpredictable, there are no ordered patterns in the data and the sequence will never repeat. The
way we get truly random numbers is by exploiting quantum mechanics, there are events which take place in nature which are truly random. Some examples
of random quantum events include radioactive decay, vacuum fluctuations, and quantum tunneling. Many of these phenomena can be measured and used as a
source for producing random data.
The Randonautica app uses random data generated by the QRNG at the Australian National University
provides alternative sources of entropy (aka random data). The QRNG at ANU generates random numbers by measuring "quantum fluctuations of the vacuum"
according to their website. The Global Consciousness Project website says they generate random numbers using QRNGs based on quantum tunneling. There
are even circuit designs out there for building your own QRNG.
While I was on the Global Consciousness Project website I noticed they had an analysis relating to Coronavirus and George Floyd, obviously I had to
take a look. They note it's hard to draw any conclusions because the events were slow to unfold over a long period of time, whereas disasters like
9/11 happen suddenly so it's easier to detect any correlations in the data. However they still point out some interesting correlations which have odds
of less than 1 in 1000 of being pure chance.
I also couldn't help but notice the political slant they threw onto the analysis of George Floyd. They blame the violent side of the protests on
right-wing agitators. Knowing what we know now those claims haven't aged very well. Even if there was some agitators it seems quite clear who the
majority of the violent protesters really are and what they want, but I don't want to make this about politics. I wanted to write something
non-political but it seems to crop up everywhere I look these days.
Figure 2 shows the same time period on the 26th, when protests gathered momentum and some elements(reported to be driven by outside agitators)
began looting and setting fires, including 3rd Precinct.
Figure 3, May 27, same time period. The protests spread and become more intense. The accompanying rioting is more clearly identified as the work of
right-wing groups such as “Accelerationists” who are committed to destruction of government and economic structures.
The Randonautica app claims to help you "break out of your reality tunnel" by going to random places you would normally never discover or visit. The
most common theories I seem to hear is that it allows you to find "glitches in the matrix" or it will change your fate by sending you on a path which
cannot be predicted by anyone or anything. I'm not sure those theories really make sense though, if the app works at all I think it probably has much
more to do with how consciousness affects QRNGs.
The way Randonautica works more specifically is that it generates a bunch of random points on a map and then finds the locations where the points are
most densely packed together (what they call attractors) but you can also look for locations with the least points (called voids). If an area has a
lot of history or has a lot of "emotional energy" attached to it (for example a location where someone was murdered) then it may influence the random
points on the map and cause them to converge.
Obviously I have tried it and while I haven't yet found anything amazing I've found some pretty cool places and some slightly creepy things. I've also
only used it a couple of times and there's not a great deal of anything around the area where I live. I'm guessing that city areas will probably be
the best locations because more people creates more potential for "high energy" areas. I'm using quotes because it sounds so pseudo-scientific, but
sometimes reality is stranger than fiction.
edit on 5/7/2020 by ChaoticOrder because: (no reason given)