They are actually using Random Bit Generators to measure consciousness around the world. Global Consciousness Project -- consciousness, group consciousness, mind
The random generators will actually spike around the time of earthquakes and world events.
Heres a Screen Shot of what the program that I posted in the first post looks like.
The Next thing I am developing is a java app that will use a RNG like the 1 above only this time it will generate a random letter every time its over the "Above Average" zone.. The goal is to spell out a word.