18083Shadow: An App To Record The Dreams Of Humankind
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??Sleep on it.??
We??ve heard it before -- this incitement to hit pause on a complex
challenge, to let your brain work its magic, to give what??s troubling
you over to Steinbeck??s ??committee of sleep.??
And it works. Our brain is an incredibly creative problem solver. And
some parts of it are most active while we??re sleeping. Electricity,
Frankenstein??s monster, nonviolent resistance, laser technology -- all
of these were conceived in dreams. Sleep is where some of humanity??s
most incredible creations got their start. Yet, we forget 95% of our
dreams within five minutes of waking up. That??s a huge amount of data --
with unfathomable of potential -- we forget each day, all because we
don??t have a good way to record and understand it. What would happen if
we remembered? Even better, what if we learned to make sense of it?
We??re here to find out.
The dream ecosystem has incredible potential to bring us together, and
it??s been ignored long enough. Scientists understand the neurology of
sleep, but not the content of dreams. We have a scientific explanation
for what??s happening in our brains, but no way of figuring out what it
all means. We want to build SHADOW to bridge the gap. What do we dream
about during a thunderstorm? After an election? Before a disaster? Do
celebrities really dream differently than the rest of us? We think these
questions hold amazing truths about how interconnected we really are.
And that??s why we??re asking for your help to build SHADOW...
Shadow on Facebook (Hunter Lee Soik)
SHADOW APP WANTS TO BUILD A DATABASE OF YOUR (AND EVERYONE ELSE'S) DREAMS
By Dino Grandoni
September 19, 2013
Every morning, sleep researchers lose an enormous data set as people
wake up and have their first cup of coffee.
Nightly dreams go largely forgotten, making the sort of broad questions
scientists ask about them difficult to answer. Do the rich dream
differently than the poor? Do our nighttime thoughts differ from city to
city, or from country to country?
The makers of a new app think they have an elegant solution to not only
help people remember their own dreams, but to build a database of these
unconscious thoughts that can be shared among friends and used by
scientists to gain a better understanding of what we think about when we
SHADOW, a Kickstarter project launched by Hunter Lee Soik and Jason
Carvalho this week, would combine an alarm clock with a dream journal.
The app would use an "escalating alarm" to gently and gradually bring
you out of a dream into the "hypnopompic state" between sleep and
wakefulness during which dreams are best remembered. From there, the app
would prompt you to record your dreams by voice or text, so that they
can be archived for posterity (or just for your therapist).
The pair is asking donors to choose to contribute toward an iOS, Android
or Windows Phone version of the app, with the winning platform to be
Much like fitness or money-management apps born of the "quantified self"
movement, SHADOW turns dreams into yet another set of personal data to
be picked apart by cloud-based computers. Perhaps you have bad dreams
when your bank account dips below a certain amount, Soik suggested. Or
maybe you dream pleasantly after taking more than 10,000 steps in a day.
Such a digital dreamcatcher, in tandem with other apps, could tease out
"We don't really know what's out there because we've never been there,"
The app's data-gathering potential may also be a dream come true for
sleep scientists and dream researchers. Current clinical studies of
dreams have maybe a few dozen participants each. An app like SHADOW
could offer researchers hundreds or thousands of cases to analyze.
If SHADOW grows large enough, Soik plans to encourage researchers to
request and analyze users' dream data, with push notifications sent to
dreamers so they can grant permission. SHADOW is taking initial steps
toward such a project by signing on six sleep scientists as advisors.
Siok, a former creative consultant on Kayne West and Jay-Z's "Watch the
Throne" tour, said he got the idea for the app when he took a six-month
break from work and started catching up on his sleep. He found he wanted
to write down his dreams, but there was no app on the market to meet his
needs, he said.
"It snowballed from me falling back in love with sleep to wanting to
have dream app for myself," he said.
SHADOW's default setting keeps all dream data private, but the team
hopes to build out a more social network, one that could feed users the
number of other people who dreamed about the same topic, say, or
snippets from publicly available dreams.
That raises at least one disconcerting prospect: SHADOW might reveal
that your dreams aren't that interesting or original after all.
Pulse on Dreams
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