This facility is apparently open for tourists. I would very much like a Hum hearer to go inside for a little while and tell me what they experienced.
The Beta versions of the new World Hum Map and Research Tool are located at http://thehum.info/newhum/
A quick video tutorial is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObQD6GSGYME&feature=youtu.be
One major change that will generate discussion is the elimination of more than half the data points from the previous map (the ones now in red). The conspiracy crowd might go wild over this, and some other people will feel disappointed if not invalidated. I made this decision myself, after months of deliberation and only when the time was right. When I started the Hum Map and Database Project, my initial concern was getting points on the map and spreading awareness about the project. Very early on I even imported points en masse from a few other open-source Hum mapping projects. As time passed, media attention gathered and so did the information posted by Hum hearers. As we learned more about the Worldwide Hum, it became clear that a good number of the data points on the Hum Map did not meet the basic criteria for inclusion. I fully believe the people who report that they hear an unexplained low-frequency noise, but if they have invested little or no effort in tracking down the source of the noise, their report shouldn’t be on the Map (yet). Likewise, if the sound is louder during the day than at night, it is almost certainly the result of daytime industrial and commercial activity. Moreover, if the sound is louder outdoors than indoors, then almost certainly we are not dealing with the Hum. So I eliminated all the points that did not meet these basic criteria. That left about 7600 of the original data points. I admit that I am probably eliminating some valid data by doing this, but the benefit is that we now have a much more valid and rigorous data set.
The second major change is the inclusion of the new and detailed data points (they are in blue). They offer rich detail from Hum hearers, including enhanced information about medication use, family histories of certain conditions, dietary questions, and so on. About 600 points from this set were selected for inclusion on the map.
The third and crucial change is the research search interface, done by Jason Lewis, building upon Derek Edder’s template. Finally, researchers can test their hypothesis against either dataset (or both), looking for correlations that might lead us forward. Please let me know if you encounter any difficulties using it.
The video tutorial will be available shortly.
“When volunteers have poor productivity, double their pay”, goes a sarcastic one-liner. More seriously, when we switched to the new and enhanced survey form, I faced the considerable challenge of showing the new data points – and the existing ones – on the same Google Fusion Table map. That challenge has been overcome by three young programmers from the small town of Gibsons, BC, Canada, and at my first opportunity, I will present the new Hum Map along with the excellent research search tool written by the young men. I am proud of their work.
So, patience; it is on the way.
What a pleasure it was to work with Tomofumi Sakamoto (Director, GEN TV Production) and Takayo Nagasawa (Production Coordinator, Cinemic) today on the documentary they are preparing for NHK, which will air in July 2018. NHK has one of the largest viewing audiences in the world, and this is an excellent opportunity to inform the Japanese public about the Worldwide Hum. From the beginning, I have said that if we maintain a serious, critical, and scientific approach to this topic, we will normalize The Hum and eventually involve a governmental, university, or private laboratory in this investigation, and will we have our answer.
Again, I remind people that progress is slow, but measurable and inexorable. We are closer than ever to solving this scientific mystery and we will find the source of the Worldwide Hum. So let’s stay focused, and let’s reject pseudoscience and ridiculous conspiracies. Let’s stick to the science and the facts.