If you’ve been on the social media site TikTok for the past year, you’ve probably seen videos of people responding to sightings triggered by an app called Randonautica, some of which are downright creepy, like a suitcase of human remains. Although the app has also led to equally banal findings, the paranormal atmosphere makes it a curiosity in itself.
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The app also encourages anyone using it to share their findings online with its friendly community. You can check out all the interesting, cute, downright weird, and sometimes terrifying things people have found by using the app in places like the Randonaut subreddit, TikTok’s search page, or via YouTube compilations like this one (beware of language and possibly scary or creepy content):
On the surface, Randonautica claims that it can direct users to coordinates that are completely random within a nearby radius centered on their location. It then lets you choose from three types of quantum entropy points: attractors, cavities, and anomalies. Users also need to set an intent before the app can give you the mentioned coordinates. Apparently, the two main components of Randonauting are exploring blind spots (places outside of our conscious consciousness) and experimenting with mind-matter interactions (the theory that your consciousness can affect the distribution of random numbers), so focus your intentions wisely.
To make a long – and quite frankly insane – story short, your intentions (at least according to Randonautica) can have some impact on the completely random generation of numbers it uses to triangulate the coordinates it gives you. This somehow has the potential to take you out of the seemingly deterministic reality tunnel of existence in which we are all trapped. Shrug your shoulders.
The app’s creators, Joshua Lengfelder and Auburn Salcedo, claim the app has an odd appeal, inspired by chaos theory and even Guy Debord’s Theory of the Derive. Lengfelder himself is a former circus performer who was interested in fringe science such as the Fatum Project. If you believe any of these things, you’ve got plenty of fascinating theories, philosophies, and experiments to sink your teeth into, including topics like memetic factors, mind-machine interaction, simulation theory, and psychic quirks.
And even if you don’t, that webpage still has a lot of fascinating content that deserves at the very least a quick flight. Heck, there’s even a FAQ page about Buckwild that asks questions about whether or not the app conflicts with certain religions or whether it’s dangerous to use for dark or scary intentions. But if that’s not your thing (we get it), you can always just download the app and see what weird treasures lurk around your neighborhood.
If you plan to play the game yourself, here’s what you need to know. Once you open the app and turn on GPS, Randonautica will ask you to set a scout radius and give you all the typical warnings you’d expect from such an app, such as’ never break ‘and’ always Randonaut with a charged phone . “You can choose to stay nearby or, if you have a longer ride, expand it to a larger area. You can also decide if you want to select water-based points, but you may need a boat and must have snorkel gear on hand.
From there, the app asks you to choose one of three entropy sources: an attractor, void, or anomaly. Simply put, attractors are areas where quantum entropy points are densely concentrated (which Randonautica considers very significant). Voids are the exact opposite, and an anomaly is an area that has already been affected by human thought. You can find more in-depth descriptions of all of this here if you want, but it’s not necessary for gameplay.
Keep in mind that whatever intentions you may have for your Randonautica adventure may not always correspond to the place you are referred to. Nevertheless, you may find something else that is interesting, or even somewhere with a nice view. The app insists it’s a way to “ mindfully explore the world around you, ” so feel free to read too much about wherever you end up to get the most out of your adventure.
In case you were concerned about the app’s implications, Randonautica argues that it does not claim to meet academic standards, and that it “is somewhere in the middle between a game, science, art and spirituality. We’ll explain to you what we’re doing and it’s up to you to decide if it’s bullshit or if there’s something more to the phenomenon. For what it’s worth, you won’t find any scientific evidence on Google to support the app’s claims.
If all of this sounds like gibberish, it probably is; however, that is exactly what makes the app so intriguing.
In all fairness, the app’s overall vibe seems similar to that of séances, tarot readings, and the like, as it forces you to find what you want to find rather than what’s actually there (or not). And as I said before, it also reminds me of the legendary 90s TV show The X files, and specifically Fox Mulder’s character. Since his little sister was being kidnapped, he devoted his life to finding her or at least finding out what really happened to her. He was so driven to find these answers that he willingly believed in just about any angle he could grasp. Do you remember his iconic “I Want to Believe” poster?
So if you’re in doubt whether Randonautica is pseudoscientific nonsense or maybe planning something bigger, it’s up to you to download the game to create your own adventure and decide for yourself. You might find the random cat, the flower field, or the creepy forest statue that you apparently wanted so badly to find. Enjoy the adventure.