And I would have thee sure believe, this bed
Beneath the water holds a multitude,
Who sobbing raise those bubbles in the air,
Thine eye reports o’er all the peopled flood.
Dante, The Inferno, Canto VII
In the 21st century, the influencing machine has escaped from the shuttered wards of the mental hospital to become a distinctive myth for our times. It is compelling not because we all have schizophrenia, but because reality has become a grey scale between the external world and our imaginations.