At the risk of climbing out on a limb MHB is bringing to readers’ attention a rather unusual project devised by an individual who goes by the YouTube handle ‘Clif High.’ He’s a former computer programmer who has developed a system, Asymmetric Linguistic Trends Analysis (ALTA), which collects massive amounts of data from the World Wide Web and algorhythmically processes the information to detect and analyze linguistic patterns from which future social, economic, and environmental events and conditions may be foreseen.
Think of the pre-cogs in Minority Report, only on a much grander scale tapping in to every human being’s inherent psychic ability to anticipate future events. This collective human consciousness is exhibited through the choice of language in news reports, comments on blogs, and elsewhere throughout the internet.
High publishes his ALTA Reports on a monthly basis at HalfPastHuman.com. Each issue averages around 35 single-spaced pages, including a seven-page introduction to the project’s methods and terminology.
This author has been reading the ALTA Reports over the past few months with great interest, and some degree of trepidation. For example, the May issue predicts an unfolding global derivatives meltdown and currency crisis related to an event in Turkey to possibly commence “in late May or early June.” According to this edition,
The data accretion patterns are arguing for a ‘derivative hot potato’ to emerge in late May or early June that will set ‘fire to banks’. Some 30+ per cent of the new ‘fire to banks’ language has both ‘gold’ and ‘silver’ within the new growth for the sets. These new ‘silver’ and ‘gold’ references are themselves descriptor sets for sub sets within this lexical structure. The gold and silver sub sets within this area are filling with ‘money’, and ‘interest rates’ as primary and secondary supporting aspects. The attribute sets within these aspects are focusing on ‘competition’ between ‘banks’ to ‘acquire’ and ‘store’ these forms of ‘real money’. Further the data sets are also growing with ‘interest rates’ as a major contributing sub set for the ‘derivatives hot potato’ with a focus in these sets on a ‘debacle’ that will begin with or in ‘Turkey’ that will ‘damage’ a ‘key element’ that is a ‘basis’ for a ‘derivative chain’. The real problem being highlighted is that a series of ‘between banks’ sales of ‘derivatives’ will be discovered to be a ‘tightly bound chain’ that will have the ‘holding link break’ JUST as the ‘next leg’ of the ‘currency competition’ begins its ‘biting (to the bone)’ phase.
In fact, such an event may have taken place on July 15-16. In an April 24, 2016 interview with YouTube commentator Joe Tampa, however, High explains that based on his data analysis the occurrence will begin to unfold in mid-July, and will be rooted in an incident related to Turkey. Here is the relevant excerpt from that exchange.
Tampa has a substantial YouTube following and makes routine commentaries on ‘Web Bot hits,’ or instances in which current events reported in major news media often uncannily align with recent predictions in the ALTA Reports.
As recently as July 14 High was under the impression that the specific occasion bringing on a potential market meltdown was the Anonymous/BlackLivesMatter nationwide Day of Rage scheduled for the evening of July 16, which on the whole fizzled out.
Then, out of nowhere, came the attempted coup of Turkey’s Erdogan regime. High asserts that in the ensuing mayhem over the next week and through the remainder of July, a generationally significant ’16 days in July,’ the price of silver will almost double while Bitcoin will proceed to $688 per coin on its way to an immediate-term high of over $1,000 as fiat currencies across the world begin a year-long decline.
As of the time of this writing (2:30PM EST, July 17) the BTC price is hovering around $680; the international precious metals markets are closed yet the silver price has increased over ten percent since late June.
Does Asymmetric Linguistic Trends Analysis offer infallible predictions? Not entirely, in part because all such data interpretation is limited by the knowledge and imagination of its author.
Nevertheless, ALTA is a fascinating project and is probably better at reading future economic, environmental, social, and political events than the collective efforts of our familiar lettered agencies–how will we ever know? Even if its observations are not entirely accurate, the collective human consciousness it seeks to tap suggests our geopolitical and day-to-day worlds are destined to change dramatically over the next several months.
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“collective human consciousness is exhibited through the choice of language in news reports, comments on blogs, and elsewhere throughout the internet.”
Don’t be shy, the idea of collective human consciousness is at least 11,000 years old. It makes sense to me anyway.
Said another way, do we embrace our manipulation or do we resist? Since “11,000 years” is a rather long time, I’m not sure. I am sure that anyone who seeks to control others tries to manipulate them.
If one does not want to be controlled by others they would do well to learn how to resist these efforts. I’m sticking with my original comment. I already know what’s going on and I don’t like it. I’m not ready to “assume the position” of observer.
Do you have your own blog site?
I meant to add, before the BP horizon disaster, the alta report was talking about the blue flu or blue plague in the Gulf of Mexico long before it happened.
“…fiat currencies across the world begin a year-long decline.”
All major world currencies are fiat currency that float based on the Bretton Woods agreement of 1944.Those currencies that do not freely float are still pegged to a major currency, usually the USD (as is the yuan). Cliff will have to think this through a little. It’s more like a zero sum game (as is total international debt).
“The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) uses electromagnetically-shielded computers located throughout the world that generate random numbers. In its 13-year history, these computers show statistically significant deviations during global events that affect humans.”
I’ll have to confess that I’m not much interested in this type of thing. In the first place, this type of activity works on the premise that events are, to a certain extent, “naturally occurring”. This is popular with people who think the price of precious metals, for example, is “mystical”.
Secondly, The Protocols pretty much have already spelled out where we’re going and how we’re going to get there. Recent events should confirm this. I know that I’m not surprised.
Lastly, any algorithm is based on assumptions. No matter how good the math may be it can’t make up for poor assumptions. And, after all, what are we supposed to do with the information?
If you use it to invest you become part of the problem. If you become fascinated with predictors and “seers” you deny the fact that things are definitely under control. In fact, those who control would LOVE for us to ignore them and believe that our enslavement is due to planetary alignments.
It picks up on what is being said across the net, looking for key words and how many times they appear. It just points to a trend basically offers a wild guess.
Algorithms be damned.
Clif High, an internet mystic using his version of the cold-reading technique (from algorithms originally contrived to game the stock market) who, in all likelihood must be considered an inside man doing his part.
As Peacefrog points out “…fiat currencies across the world begin a year-long decline.” doesn’t mean much unless it’s value is compared to some other store of value, such as gold.
“Collect human conscious” seems to be a subset of Rupert Sheldrake’s observations of phenomena that he terms “morphic resonance”
Sheldrake: “Morphic resonance is a process whereby self-organising systems inherit a memory from previous similar systems. In its most general formulation, morphic resonance means that the so-called laws of nature are more like habits. The hypothesis of morphic resonance also leads to a radically new interpretation of memory storage in the brain and of biological inheritance. Memory need not be stored in material traces inside brains, which are more like TV receivers than video recorders, tuning into influences from the past. And biological inheritance need not all be coded in the genes, or in epigenetic modifications of the genes; much of it depends on morphic resonance from previous members of the species. Thus each individual inherits a collective memory from past members of the species, and also contributes to the collective memory, affecting other members of the species in the future.”
“Thus each individual inherits a collective memory from past members of the species, and also contributes to the collective memory, affecting other members of the species in the future.”
The first proposition is Carl Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious.
My brain is really ^%$# up after reading that but I agree with the gist of it
In others words, predictive programing with junk science and faulty algorithms patch together.
We are your gods and we predict your future, so invest your time and money in our delusions… yeah right !
Baton Rouge Cop Killer self-identified as “GANG STALKING TARGETED INDIVIDUAL”:
“But they also pointed to apparent paranoia and mental instability. Long complained last year to likeminded message board users that he was a long-term victim of “gang-stalking”, a supposedly intense form of government and corporate surveillance covering every aspect of a subject’s life.”
“Claiming to be a round-the-clock “TI” – targeted individual – Long urged others in his situation to wear body cameras to monitor such surveillance and to warn companies involved in harassment “that we are going to expose your involvement and rate your poor performances & games on the internet”.
I’ve been writing about this for years and years. Gang stalking is community mobbing, its been proven to exist, and like other forms of mobbing IT LEADS TO VIOLENCE AND MURDERS!!!!
Check out this one guys:
one of the deceased “victims” from the Nice attack (prettyxgirlswag) has just written on Instagram that “woke up this morning to this fake news with my photo among the missing people in Bastille attack. People have been calling and wailing and sympathizing with my family!!! This isn’t funny, get your sources and facts right before making it public. My covenant with God is that I leave this earth at 100 years old and I cannot die by accident or any tragic incident So please stop wishing me death!!!!
Wow! Really interesting!!!
It does, however, bring back to mind what I’ve been reading of Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene. Though it is but a trope, a memetic interpretation of the phenomena being registered by ALTA could point to some other possibilities.
First, a meme such as “derivatives hot potato” would spread through imitation. Secondly, such imitation could be anticipated (to a certain degree) and thus manipulated.
I wonder if the collective unconscious would really be predicting a future event or whether (conversely) the collective concious [sic] would merely be imitating itself into a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy?
I suppose the distinction would be between linguistic and psychic levels. Or, scientific and mystical.
I discount neither option.
Once again, thank you for this truly enlightening update!
(Thanks to the MHB Administrator for writing about this compelling subject which I had shrugged off learning about till this post. I had mistakenly thought it was just about money, which bores me as I have none. But it’s much wider than that. I had to study up, and then think about it for awhile, but I think I’ve got it now. Maybe. Anyway, the subject touches on some of the issues that MHB commenters often bring up. Apologies in advance for the extended length of the comment.)
In “The ‘Web Bot’” post, Clif High’s Asymmetric Linguistic Trends Analysis (ALTA) system is perfectly described in this lean sentence, “(ALTA) collects massive amounts of data from the World Wide Web and algorhythmically processes the information to detect and analyze linguistic patterns from which future social, economic, and environmental events and conditions may be foreseen.”
If anyone wants help in understanding this system in Clif High’s own language, I ran across a pdf of an old Immediacy Data Intelligence Report (IDIR), which is an example of the predictive advice that High makes available by subscription. In the Immediacy Data Intelligence Report are explanations for all the terms he uses, including “Immediacy Data Intelligence Report.”
From his website, Halfpasthuman, there’s also this passage, which I think is meant for the layperson. It introduces High’s theory of gleaning psychic intuition from the human collective consciousness:
“The only site on the net for publicly available future forecasts from algorithmic examination of humanity consciousness.
“All humans are psychic. Most do not recognize it. All humans ‘leak’ their psychic intuition via their language choices. Here at HPH we have been collecting ‘leaks’ about the future in our language buckets since 1997.
“Halfpasthuman ‘Emotive Reduction Engine’ is at the core of our predictive linguistics system, and allows our spyders to qualify and quantify and react to the emotive differences in text that betray the ‘leaking’ of psychic impressions.
“While humans internalize and react to the emotive content of words, software is usually blind to such distinctions. The HPH emotive reduction engine can ‘read’ emotions from such text, and further, determine which are also ‘future shadowing’. It is this capacity to extract emotive nuance that allows us to do far better than ‘chance’ in our predictions of future manifestations.”
So, in imprecise language, a really dumbed-down summary is that ALTA is like the search engines with which we are familiar; crawling the web, calculating usage, indexing information. What’s different about ALTA is that it assigns a numeric value to the emotions attached to the words it is aggregating, which constantly changes according to emotional quantifiers like duration, intensity, immediacy, and others. This dynamism suggests the future language patterns that ALTA monitors, which are much like, to use a simplistic metaphor, the waves rippling out from a stone dropped in water.
It’s important to note that what the ‘Emotive Reduction Engine’ predicts are not future events but the way people will speak about those events on the net. ALTA projects a map of the web’s future emotive language from which Clif High then makes the real-world predictions that he offers for subscription.*
Criticism of High’s predictive linguistics model emphasizes the hit-or-miss accuracy of his predictions, as well as his impulse to follow ALTA’s notoriously pessimistic data sets into the apocalypse. Among his genuine hits and less-than-accurate misses, is High’s famous contribution to the hysteria preceding the end of the Mayan calendar; he predicted a cataclysm that would devastate the planet on 21 December 2012, a forecast he later defended by saying it hadn’t called for the COMPLETE end of the world.
Upon reflection, the relentless negativity noted in ALTA’s projections is unsurprising given that the language one finds on the web is histrionic and tends evermore toward alarmism.
My only real reservation about any of this is that the language used by High to describe the system appeals to a mysticism that, in my opinion, is unwarranted. He claims that ALTA is gathering psychic intuition from the human collective consciousness. This mystic gloss leads to misapprehensions about the process, some of which have been mentioned in MHB reader comments. Let me address a couple of these.
ALTA is predictive and it is programming, but it’s not predictive programming. Predictive programming is inserting words and images into media in an attempt to accustom the public to some social engineering goal. The ALTA system does not add any words to the lexicon it is cataloguing. In fact, it tries to remain invisible to itself. One of the first problems High had with the system was when the engine started noticing its own activity, resulting in a self-referential loop of useless data sets.
So ALTA is not seeking to influence future events in the way that predictive programming aims to do. For the same reason, it is not an attempt at mind control, or the manipulation of the masses. It is an instrument to record the emotional frequencies of language as used on the net, and extrapolate them out into the future. From there, a human being draws conclusions, and everyone with access is free to accept or reject the interpretations.
Other conjecture in the comment section that seems to spring directly from High’s use of mystical language posits that ALTA is describing morphic resonance, Sheldrake’s theory that, through telepathic connection, systems inherit a collective memory from all previous systems of like kind. Morphic resonance was then likened to Jung’s conception of the human collective unconscious with its inherited presuppositions, including symbols and archetypes. Perhaps, it was speculated, ALTA is accessing this psychic stratum.
But the only collective that ALTA can discern is human collective consciousness, which according to Durkheim’s definition, “is the set of shared beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society.” One may question whether language recorded only online is an accurate representation of collective consciousness, but in short, the material that ALTA is accessing is conscious, not unconscious. It is focused on language that has been proclaimed publicly, the emotional connotations of which are adduced and applied after the fact. ALTA may be one map to the territory of human consciousness, but it is not the territory.
Clif High claims that psychic intuition is “leaked” through the individual’s choice of language. Then psychic intuition must be dripping from every human expression and gesture made on the planet, and I suppose it is. It’s accessible to the direct experience of every individual. Confusing ALTA’s capability to trace emotional trajectories in language with access to the consciousness from which that language arises, is mistaking the map for the territory.
I’m suspicious when quasi-religious language is used in marketing. I find it distasteful when information disguised as “special knowledge” with a mystical twist is exchanged for money. Clif High’s assertion that the ALTA system is gathering psychic intuition from the human collective consciousness is unproven, and seems to me to be a marketing strategy to appeal to subscribers, with the added bonus of keeping important diagnostic information (understandably) proprietary.
A sophisticated and useful predictive system like ALTA should be able to stand on its own in the marketplace and demand a price without appealing to quasi-mystical puffery as its authority.
(*Focused as it is on emotive values, ALTA precludes other contextual specificity. This leads to confusion like that alluded to by High, when he describes a signal that said a gas leak would impact a market, and he took it to mean the trading market in NYC rather than the fish market in Seattle, where the gas leak actually happened. “The ambiguity of language,” High avers. But does the interpreter have an affinity for the apocalyptic that influences his forecasts?
One wonders if ALTA could use a “buddy system” or something to inform the emotional model with some physical context to help out the interpreter, but this is probably akin to the kind of disconnected suggestions made by beta testers, who will often say about a product, “You know what would be really cool? if you could also make it do this completely other thing…”)