From the The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) takes this possibility as a starting point for a speculation that such fields generated by individual consciousness would interact and combine, and ultimately have a global presence. Usually, because we are busy with individual lives, there is little to produce structure in the field, so it is random and not detectable. But occasionally there are global-scale events that bring great numbers of us to a common focus and an unusual coherence of thought and feeling. To study the effects of a possible global consciousness, we have created a world-spanning network of devices sensitive to coherence and resonance in the mental domain. Continuous streams of data are sent over the Internet to be archived and correlated with events that may evoke a worldwide consciousness. Examples that appear to have done so include both peaceful gatherings and disasters: a few minutes around midnight on any New Years Eve, the first hour of NATO bombing in Yugoslavia, the Papal visit to Israel, a variety of global meditations, several major earthquakes, and September 11 2001.
The underlying impetus for the VI"N" network is to integrate with the research of the GCP and see if there is a link in life force like the ones they are finding in quantum mechanics. The trees surround us and our intuition tells us that they are with us in the life force, but is this just in a mythic sense or is their a tangible, quantifiable means of observing this now well documented phenomenon.
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Users agree to share the content that they create with the community as long as they are credited. The intent of this network is to foster communication and expression of new and completely shared new creative work. Also, there is an ongoing problem with collaborative work where the credit is not evenly distributed. Therefore each new object, be it an algorithm a search mechanism, an avatar, or whatever has a blog associated with it to keep track of who contributed to it and what editions and changes they made.
The initial interest in this area of generative art was inspired by much earlier work in the sonification of Digital Elevation Models for the International conference of Computer Music in 1992 and related work for the International Conference of Audio Display in Palo Alto in 1996. This work used elevation data to generate musical and signal processing controls. The techniques developed from that experience would be applied to the sonification of information that comes into the network.
The initial structure of the algorithms will be based on the concept of style put forward by David Cope the basic principles of analysis, pattern matching, object orientation, and natural language processing that are incorporated in his ongoing project generate new compositions in the style of various composers and styles. This will give the use an ability to map their musical tastes to monitoring of the incoming information.