Let virtual reality take you on a trip.
Virtual reality took the world by storm when it was invented, but since then it has fallen off the radar to some degree, as people struggled to find a use for it.
But this is the perfect excuse to use it. See what it’s like going on a psychedelic drug trip without having to take any drugs at all.
Psychedelics are one of the most hallucinatory drugs, and the visuals that one experiences can be mind-blowing and life-changing. Some of the best music and art the world has even known is down to the creators taking psychedelic drugs.
But psychedelics are hard to come by and they are illegal in most places, so it can be a risky and difficult process to try and experience one of the trips they have to offer.
Now there is a virtual reality machine that will let you go on a psychedelic trip through the power of technology.
Sussex University’s Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science have created the headset which allows you to experience a high without altering the state of your body.
The technology uses ‘Deep Dream‘, a computer program which uses ‘algorithmic pareidolia’ a system which allows the brain to recognize patterns in things where there are none.
The visuals that one experiences when experiencing a psychedelic high can be likened to continuous patterns, forming and reforming again and again in a mesmerizing way.
Research associate for the programme David Schwartzman spoke to the Times about their the unusual reactions people have had to their device.
“One thing people always ask us is why there are so many dogs. The short answer is we don’t know,”
The visuals experienced through the headset have been described by the test subject as similar to those you get from the ‘magic mushroom’ psilocybin.
Next week the first results of the hallucination machine’s tests will be published in Scientific Reports.