Is Artifical Intelligence Going to Replace Astrologers?

Tarot reader 1The New York Times recently wrote an article on a new machine in a store in NYC that uses AI to construct astrological predictions.

In my opinion (and since I have asked ChatGPT to write a horoscope to see how it would do), the result was a horoscope that lacked verve, passion or emotion. Sort of like eating a dry piece of cardboard on a bun compared to a juicy hamburger. 

AI could replace those astrologers who do not write or express themselves well and do not offer great and detailed insights into one's chart. Personally, I am not concerned and welcome the possible competition, as poor as it may be.

Here is the NYT article. I welcome your opinion!

Is A.I. the Future of Astrology?
A new machine furthers a technology company’s aims at providing astrological readings using artificial intelligence. By Saam Niami who reported from Iconic Magazines, where he spoke to more than two dozen people. (He is a Taurus.)
The machine stood beside a deli counter, towering over cardboard boxes piled near the entrance to the Iconic Magazines store in NoLIta. It had the stature of a standing washer-dryer, with black buttons, rows of blinking lights and gauges labeled with celestial bodies — “sun,” “moon,” and the eight planets — on the front of its white facade. “It could be something from NASA,” said Tim Wiedmann, a 27-year-old student from Germany who visited the store on a Wednesday night in June.
While Mr. Wiedmann stood in front of the machine, its front screen directed him to “ask the stars.” Using a knob, he cycled through some 100 questions. Among them: How do I get better at my job? Should I leave New York? Should I start a cult? After choosing a question, Mr. Wiedmann entered his birth date, time and place. The screen flashed a message that read, in part: “All answers are based on astrological calculations.” The machine, using a built-in camera, took his picture. Moments later, it spat out a piece of paper containing his grainy portrait and an answer to his question.
“It’s like someone is in there,” said Mr. Wiedmann, who was one of many that came to use the machine that night. At times, lines started to snake through the store as people waited for a turn. A lot of visitors said they had heard about the machine on TikTok, including two 19-year-old students. “I asked for my red flags,” one of the students said of the question he chose, before the other student read the machine’s printed answer aloud.
She said: “Your red flags include a tendency to set high expectations and a fear of conflict. Your Jupiter and Saturn placement suggests a need for perfectionism and a fear of rejection. By avoiding conflict, you may limit your potential for growth and meaningful connections. Remember, conflict is an inherent part of intimacy. Practice it with compassion and let go of unrealistic expectations.”
Like most people who used the machine that night, neither he nor she initially knew that its answers were generated using artificial intelligence, including ChatGPT and GPT-3. The machine was developed by Co-Star, a technology company with a buzzy astrology app that uses A.I. to generate readings. It will be at Iconic Magazines for most of the summer and then move to Los Angeles later this year.
Astrologers for centuries have referred to the movement and positions of planets and other celestial bodies to inform readings and horoscopes. Co-Star follows similar methods, but its daily readings are prepared by A.I. that pulls text from a database written for the app by a team of astrologers and poets.
The machine, which was free to use, was created to promote Co-Star’s new in-app service, Embrace the Void, which starts at about $1. The service functions similarly to the machine: Users can ask open-ended questions that are not normally addressed in the app’s astrological readings and receive answers generated by A.I. using Co-Star’s database of prepared text.
Banu Guler, 35, the founder of Co-Star, named a range of aesthetic inspirations for the machine, including Soviet-era computers, devices used by NASA, photo booths and vending and washing machines. It was also influenced by the Zoltar fortunetelling machines that were once common attractions at boardwalks and arcades, she said. “The best part is you get your little reading,” Ms. Guler said of the Zoltar machines. “And then you put your reading on your fridge, or in your book, or in your journal, or it just loiters at the bottom of your bag for months, if you’re me.”
“Even though you know it’s garbage, it’s special garbage,” she added, flashing a smirk.
Before starting Co-Star in 2017, Ms. Guler was working in art sales. She said that back then, she taught herself how to code A.I. that could predict how certain factors, like the weather on the date of an auction, might influence the sale price of an artwork. She later drew on what she had learned about A.I. to develop Co-Star. “It was like, How can this fit into astrology?” she said. “Astrology is not a perfect science, but there’s also no perfect science, which I’m not saying in an anti-science way,” Ms. Guler added. “I don’t believe that science is perfect, and I don’t believe anything else is perfect, because humans are imperfect. And that’s cool. Like, genuinely, it’s beautiful.”
Vijender Sharma, an astrologer of 35 years in northern India, who specializes in Vedic astrology, said he has used software to prepare readings. He said that because astrology was informed by science, as long as A.I. was trained with the proper knowledge, he did not see any harm in using the technology.
Susan Miller, an astrologer in New York who has written horoscopes for decades, was more skeptical. “A.I. is exciting for things like splitting atoms,” she said, adding that she would not trust such technology in a practice that often deals with human emotions. “Machines make mistakes,” Ms. Miller said. “And the person who gets the answer may walk around with that wrong answer in their head forever.”
After checking out the Co-Star machine at the magazine shop, Nisarga Kadam, 23, who works in financial technology in New York, was also skeptical of its A.I.-generated answers. “It’s a bunch of trained words put together,” Ms. Kadam said. “It’s not personal.”
Anna Jonska, 26, a video director in New York, felt the opposite. Ms. Jonska said she isn’t the biggest fan of astrology and that the machine’s use of A.I. made her trust it even more. “I’d be more inclined to believe that an old lady leaning over a crystal ball is lying to me than a computer,” she said.

Void of Course Moons - December 2022

For those of you who track the void of course moons through the months, here is December 2022. Read more about the definition of the VOC and see how they can improve your timing. And as you get more involved in the rhythms and flows of the planet energies, I highly recommend: Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth. The author reveals the unvarnished truth about what it takes to consciously grow as a human being. As you read, you’ll learn the seven universal principles behind all successful growth and practical, insightful methods for improving your health, relationships, career, finances, and more.

A big thank you to amazing astrologer Felissa Rose for the charts.

                    December 2022 – MOON VOID OF COURSES


                                                                                                                SIGN MOON ENTERS

VOID BEGINS                  VOID ENDS                                    AFTER VOID

Thu Dec 1 9:46 pm To 11:42 pm                                                        Moon enters Aries

Sun Dec 4 12:47 am To 6:39 am                                                        Moon enters Taurus

Tue Dec 6 2:03 pm To 3:50 pm                                                         Moon enters Gemini

Fri Dec 9 1:15 am To 2:50 am                                                            Moon enters Cancer

Sun Dec 11 1:50 pm To 3:10 pm                                                          Moon enters Leo

Tue Dec 13 10:53 am To Wed Dec 14 3:47 am                                 Moon enters Virgo

Fri Dec 16 2:14 pm To 2:50 pm                                                          Moon enters Libra

Sun Dec 18 5:36 pm To 10:32 pm                                                      Moon enters Scorpio

Tue Dec 20 9:46 pm To Wed Dec 21 2:14 am                                  Moon enters Sagittarius

Thu Dec 22 3:17 pm To Fri Dec 23 2:51 am                                     Moon enters Capricorn

Sat Dec 24 10:12 pm To Sun Dec 25 2:15 am                                   Moon enters Aquarius

Mon Dec 26 1:21 pm To Tue Dec 27 2:35 am                                   Moon enters Pisces

Thu Dec 29 1:22 am To 5:37 am                                                          Moon enters Aries

Sat Dec 31 7:45 am To 12:10 pm                                                           Moon enters Taurus



You can also check the Void of Course Moon cycle by consulting an Ephemeris.

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LED Yoga Mat Helps Guide Us to Better Yoga Positions

Led yogaI take classes in yoga but often I try to do it myself. It is nice to know that there may be a way to improve my home-based yoga positons with the use of a new mat with LED lighting. The design firm called LUNAR developed an interactive exercise mat called TERA, which aims to redesign how people engage in fitness activities in their home.

TERA is a modern carpet that can transform into a high-tech exercise equipment. The carpet turns into an interactive exercise mat, and, according to the press release, the circular shape of the exercise mat is “designed to accommodate the natural radius of human motion, making transitions between poses and keeping up the flow of the practice easier.” The mat has an intelligent surface that can recognize movement patterns and activate a specially-developed app that leads the user through an interactive training session.

The circular mat works with the app and an LED lighting system built into its surface to become an exercise guide for its owner. The TERA app guides the user through exercises like stretching exercises, yoga, pilates, capoeira, Thai bo and more, and includes different levels of difficulty for each type of exercise. Sensors embedded in the mat register any pressure exerted by the user on the interactive mat to allow it to detect the user’s body and weight shifts. The sensors record the data for analysis by the app and users can share their training data on their social media networks.

The mat is made of environment-friendly, wear- and slip-resistant shear wool developed by Kvadrat, a Danish premium manufacturer of design textiles. The modern circular design of the mat allows it to blend seamlessly into a contemporary home space when it’s not being used.

TERA is part of a series of home exercise design concepts created by LUNAR Europe. The series includes the VELA cycle trainer, which transforms from a workout tool to an interesting contemporary sculpture, and the NOVA climbing wall, which consists of panels with cut-outs that create visually integrated climbing holds instead of the usual climbing holds that jut out of the wall.

The TERA interactive mat was first presented at Germany’s largest design event, the Munich Creative Business Week in February.


Ring Tone Therapy

Smell cell phone Ring tone therapy is becoming all the rage in Japan which is on the cutting edge of cell phone usage. A company called Japan Ringing Tone Laboratory claims that they are developing a series of ring tones that will help hay fever sufferers and even those who are overweight.

The Japan Ringing Tone Laboratory is led by Matsumi Suzuki, an expert in voiceprint technology. To use these so-called "therapeutic" ring tones all you have to do is to wait for a call from your mobile phone. For hay fever sufferers, the sound of the ring tone is supposed to dislodge pollen if the user holds the handset up to their nose. Another therapeutic ring tone is for those trying to lose weight.

While this is all very interesting, it is not totally proven out. However just for fun, I like Lab's  astrological rings tones. The Lab offers a range specially tailored for the needs of people with different astrology star signs, such as one for Taurus, the bull, complete with mooing.

As for me, I will try my luck with all sorts of ring tones to see what works for what.

Synthetic Telepathy

Telepathy I have heard about mental telepathy and believe that some people may have this intuitive streak. And then I read about synthetic telepathy which is a type of computer programming that enables machines to think and "feel". Of course "feel' would be like a series a pre-programmed responses ... errr... I think.

According to a Futurist Magazine article earlier this year, there is a group a brilliant scientists and programmers who are trying to create a computer that feels on an emotional level. David Poeppel is a neuroscientist who is considered to be a master of synthetic techonolgy. He says all mental thoughts create an electronic signal that can be then transferred to a computer. The communication between a human brain and a computer could become telepathic commuication between human and machine.

I wonder what would happen if someone with psychic abilities was hooked into the computer in this way. Would the computer be able to better predict the future using these mental electronic signals coupled with computer-based strategic algorithims? I wonder...!!!

There are many good books on this interesting subject. Check out these Synthetic Telepathy Books

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