A few days ago I asked four friends to participate in an interesting experiment. I asked them to use a computer drawing tool to quickly scribble an image that would reflect their current state of mind. Each person had only five seconds to produce their own image. The tool used for the purpose was Paint and the goal of the experiment was to use complexity to “measure” the state of mind of each person. Each image had to occupy a square of a given size.
The images have been processed using OntoNet, the QCM tool by Ontonix. The four images are shown below, with the corresponding complexities and Complexity Maps.
Person 1. Complexity = 114.7
Person 2. Complexity = 56.1
Person 3. Complexity = 163.4
Person 4. Complexity = 90.3
Person 3 produced the most complex image, three times as complex as that of person 2.
A similar experiment can be performed by one person during four different moments in time.
The goal of this very simple experiment is to show how thoughts can be mapped onto an image and, ultimately measured using complexity as its proxy.
It would be interesting to repeat the experiment with many more individuals and find out what is the most complex image that can be produced using this approach.