Audtra

Research at the International Association for the Study of Dreams Conference (& Oxford Citation)

Audtra

Presenting a workshop on Audtra's method at the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) Conference in Anaheim produced users, pilot participants, future pilot partners, useful observations for immediate iterations, and a hybrid of a Twitter feature request scheduled for v2.4. 

It also provided an opportunity to thank a major influence (and man of the hour). An inquiry to recommend the platform to psychology students evolved into the published researcher sharing his conference slides validating journals and chapter preview validating audio-transcription in research studies, validating the EEG/fNIRS invention, referring the work to two, IASD Past Presidents who happen to be published researchers, his book citation / acknowledgement honor, and valuable conversations.

His feedback inspired the pivot, starting two quarters in, from a social, dream journal app into a more scientific image officially supporting all cognitive use-cases (including Alzheimer's, mental illness, developmental disability, and drug studies).

Presenters included the IASD Founding President (a Princetonian, repeat Oprah guest), a grief dream researcher who knew the other grief dream researcher I've spoken with, and an "Animating Dreams and Future Dream Recording" author which ft. Dr. Jack Gallant's images and stated NIRS was recently being employed.

Robert Bosnack's workshop, "Dreamhackers," disclosed that Silicon Valley's brightest were paying Jungian psychoanalysts to interpret dreams in embodied imagination, to identify what to design and develop. Attended by a Googler VR PM's mothe, the session's best quotes were "app dreaming" (only in the Valley), "the app is 12 months pregnant and still not being born," "perfect is the enemy of good enough," "he begins to talk like Steve Jobs," and "when you lose your iPhone, something happens in your brain that's identical to losing a lover."

One highlight was during the Sunday dinner of potential platform users that the multi-disciplinary legend organized. Surprised and honored by his open validation of it, I didn't think to test record validation evidence using the platform until the final minute. Hopefully, the comedic, audio evidence mentioning that "if you want a really good dream sample, then her stuff is the answer...I think it's the best thing I can imagine through technology and smartphones for us to get decent samples in the real world" will remind and interest a literally starving, published researcher to conduct a study.

I got to see the retired influencer in action on center stage, where he asserted, "I predict to you that with new imaging technology, including a new one that I've only learned about recently, which is why it's good to stay in touch with people younger than you are, respond to their emails, you learn about infrared spectroscopy, which is a faster, better, cheaper way to look at your brain. And I predict that somebody is going to do a study in which they tell- they have people- they have a little cap on or NIRS." I died. It was the validation and best moment of my life, and like being back at the New York Academy of Sciences dream panel of two, IASD Past Presidents (where the platform got an unnamed mention), but zero to infinitely better. More highlights emerged as he told two people that the platform was a "magic carpet." Some of the test recordings are on my Audtra timeline and in the presentation slides. 

Attendees hailed from the United States of Audtrica, Canada, the U.K., Germany, Israel, and Italy, including three published researchers who have conducted quantitative dream studies, Jungian clinicians, students, and recent baccalaureate and doctoral graduates. Evidently, an Arrow star and her mother also attended. I voted for Dr. Barrett's art of Yale Square and wanted to demo my timeline audio of her NYAS panel from rows away, but she was likely stuck in Cambridge snow.

On the final day, Audtra was tested and discussed in an hour-long workshop, where 75% was a standing, interactive discussion on the method and potential iterations, after a 15m slide introduction.

Thanks to the IASD for this honor, a pioneering, scientific dream researcher who continues to shape the field, and an IASD Past President for advising on abstract tone. The two researchers were influential in accelerating the update schedule for analytics (and mass export, soon to be available in v2.3 on iOS and Android). 

—B