I doubt it. It’s not lack of tech that’s the problem. It’s far more fundamental than that.
But will this new technology help spot a hoax quickly? That would be useful.
Matt Knapp thinks that Bigfoot research is a mess right now.
Knapp blames the setbacks on the digital age, and the amount of misinformation being spread in the form of photos and videos online. That, and the fact that more people seem to be trying to cash in on what they claim are legitimate Bigfoot sightings. “Self admittedly, up to this point, we have not had anything worth presenting as real evidence of this creature’s existence. If we want scientists to get involved, we have to go by their standards, not our anecdotal ones,” he said.
To help filter out the phonies and fakes all trying to make a quick buck on something he believes in, Knapp is asking those vested in Bigfoot research to rely on technology built out of MIT to prove that the truth is out there.
EVM* is essentially a software that allows users to break down videos to reveal things in them that are invisible to the naked eye. This includes visualizing the blood pulsing behind someone’s cheeks and face, or capturing changes in body behaviors that the average person is unable to detect just by simply staring at someone. EVM does this by “homing in on specific pixels” in a given video, according to the New York Times, and then amplifying those pixels by up to 100 times using complex algorithms.
*EVM = Eulerian Video Magnification.
Bigfoot research sure is a mess but it’s not for lack of technology more so than amateurs pinning their beliefs on their sleeves instead of asking the right questions. This does tend to amplify the hoaxing and false claims. I’ve stopped looking at YouTube videos or blurry photos. They are totally useless as evidence since hoax is clearly a viable option. Mistakes are even more common. The lack of good Bigfoot videos is NOT why there is little scientific interest in Bigfoot.
A major problem to me seems to stem from the lack of data in the image itself. You can’t create more pixels or improve film quality to the point where you can find new information under what already is there. You reach a limit of what can be done with the Patterson-Gimlin film, for example, which has been analyzed to DEATH. Any further examination is manipulation which can skew results.
While this tech can be useful, I don’t see it helping the current state of Bigfootery.