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The astrology of the Metaverse: It’s all about Aquarius

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Facebook recently changed its name to “Meta” in anticipation of the increasing fusion between the “real” world and the virtual world.  This fusion is the result of the capabilities offered by ever increasing speeds of internet connection, from text and images (3G) to video (4G) to an increasingly enhanced reality, or “augmented reality” (5G).  You may find this exciting, or you may find it terrifying.  Regardless of your feelings, this global transformation is already underway.   Back in 2014 Mark Zuckerberg anticipated this shift when he bought the Virtual Reality company Oculus, saying “One day, we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people.”

I’ve been writing about this for many years (there is a whole category of articles on this blog called Future Shock) – the idea of the Singularity, that at some point humanity and technology will merge – is a fascinating one and very much tied into the idea of Aquarius. Aquarius is not the “peace, love and understanding” referred to in the musical “Hair.”  Aquarius is ruled traditionally by Saturn, planet of control and structure, and its modern transformational ruler is Uranus. Uranus, like Saturn, can be cold and dispassionate but unlike Saturn’s penchant for rules, Uranus seeks to break free of restrictions in order to develop new paradigms.  Aquarius, therefore, marks the boundary between the structure that holds human society together, and the need to break through antiquated social structures to change with the times.

Uranus also governs modern technology, which after all did not really begin until after its discovery date of 1781.  Although Ben Franklin had “discovered” electricity in 1752, there was no way to […]

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By |2021-11-26T14:08:16-05:00November 26th, 2021|Future Shock, Technology|4 Comments

The Singularity approaches, are we ready?

The Singularity is a concept first expressed by Raymond Kurzweil as the time when the knowledge of machines surpasses the knowledge of humans due to the rapid development of technology, leading to a merging of human and machine.   I’ve been writing about this idea for many years (see this article for a start), and now the evidence is coming in that the Singularity may be closer than we think.  The average estimate among scientists who study these matters has been that the Singularity would arrive somewhere around 2040-2045, with Pluto in Aquarius (the sign of technology and innovation as well as radical behavior and revolution).

Elon Musk is accelerating the process, though, with a startup he calls “Neuralink.”

[T]he long-term goal is to build a “digital superintelligence layer” to link humans with artificial intelligence, a technology he views as an existential threat to humanity.

“Ultimately, we can do a full brain-machine interfaces where we can achieve a sort of symbiosis with AI,” Musk said. One goal along the way will be letting people type 40 words per minute just by thinking

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Although Pluto moves into Aquarius in 2023, Saturn, planet of tests and challenges, has already dipped its toe into the Aquarian waters when it moved briefly into Aquarius this spring.  Saturn will move fully into Aquarius in December 2020 and will remain in Aquarius until 2023 just as Pluto is moving into that sign.  Saturn’s passage through Aquarius may be tied into higher levels of government control using technology, and it is already seen in the government crackdowns on protests in the US and elsewhere.  Where Saturn is a personal planet concerned more […]

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By |2020-08-06T16:45:04-04:00August 6th, 2020|Future Shock|2 Comments

Pluto in Capricorn: The Death of Capitalism?

end of capitalismAstrologer Richard Nolle posted a link to this article on Facebook:

At the very moment of its ultimate triumph, capitalism will experience the most exquisite of deaths.

This is the belief of political adviser and author Jeremy Rifkin, who argues the current economic system has become so successful at lowering the costs of production that it has created the very conditions for the destruction of the traditional vertically integrated corporation.

Rifkin, who has advised the European Commission, the European Parliament and heads of state, including German chancellor Angela Merkel, says:

No one in their wildest imagination, including economists and business people, ever imagined the possibility of a technology revolution so extreme in its productivity that it could actually reduce marginal costs to near zero, making products nearly free, abundant and absolutely no longer subject to market forces.

With many manufacturing companies surviving only on razor thin margins, they will buckle under competition from small operators with virtually no fixed costs.

“We are seeing the final triumph of capitalism followed by its exit off the world stage and the entrance of the collaborative commons,” Rifkin predicts.

The creation of the collaborative commons

From the ashes of the current economic system, he believes, will emerge a radical new model powered by the extraordinary pace of innovation in energy, communication and transport.

“This is the first new economic system since the advent of capitalism and socialism in the early 19th century so it’s a remarkable historical event and it’s going to transform our way of life fundamentally over the coming years,” Rifkin says. “It already is; we just haven’t framed it.”

Some sectors, such as music and media, have already been disrupted as a result of the internet’s […]

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By |2020-07-31T09:49:26-04:00July 12th, 2016|Future Shock, Money and markets|7 Comments

Pluto in Aquarius: The Singularity arrives on schedule

pluto in aquariusThis article in Business Insider caught my eye:

We will reach the singularity in the timeframe most experts predict. From that point on you’re going to see that the top species will no longer be humans, but machines.”

These are the words of Louis Del Monte, physicist, entrepreneur, and author of “The Artificial Intelligence Revolution.” Del Monte spoke to us over the phone about his thoughts surrounding artificial intelligence and the singularity, an indeterminate point in the future when machine intelligence will outmatch not only your own intelligence, but the world’s combined human intelligence too.

The average estimate for when this will happen is 2040, though Del Monte says it might be as late as 2045. …

“By the end of this century,” he continued, “most of the human race will have become cyborgs [part human, part tech or machine]. The allure will be immortality. Machines will make breakthroughs in medical technology, most of the human race will have more leisure time, and we’ll think we’ve never had it better. The concern I’m raising is that the machines will view us as an unpredictable and dangerous species.”

Del Monte believes machines will become self-conscious and have the capabilities to protect themselves. They “might view us the same way we view harmful insects.” Humans are a species that “is unstable, creates wars, has weapons to wipe out the world twice over, and makes computer viruses.” Hardly an appealing roommate.

Singularity can be defined as “ a point where a measured variable reaches unmeasurable or infinite value.”  The technological singularity has been discussed as the point at which technological (artificial) intelligence exceeds human intelligence.  

This concept is nothing new – it has […]

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By |2022-04-15T09:18:45-04:00July 9th, 2014|Future Shock, Science|13 Comments

Autism therapy in the Aquarian age

There is no doubt that we  are heading into the Age of Aquarius.   Estimates for the new age range from  sometime between 2060 (Dane Rudhyar) and 2800 (Rob Hand), but a 2160 year cycle does not happen overnight.  There is a transition phase and I personally believe that we are in that phase.

I have written a great deal about autism in these pages, and it is my feeling that the wide spread of children born in the autism spectrum is a signal that as humans we are mutating to adapt to the new energy of the new age.

Aquarius is the sign of technology and transpersonal detachment, so it is not surprising to see that there is a trend towards robotics in therapy for autism:

[T]here is increasing evidence that kids with autism respond more naturally to machines than they do to people. Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen, the director of the Autism Research Center at the University of Cambridge in England, along with other autism experts, believes that robots, computers and electronic gadgets may be appealing because they are predictable, unlike people. You can pretty much guess what a computer is going to do next about 90 percent of the time, but human interactions obey very few entirely predictable laws. And this, Baron-Cohen explains, is difficult for children with autism. “They find unlawful situations toxic,” he says. “They can’t cope. So they turn away from people and turn to the world of objects.”

This is a distinctly Aquarian idea that disconnects intelligence from emotion and feelings, and a suggestion for what the coming age might bring.  In fact, many have written about a “technological singularity” in which there will be no distinction […]

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By |2019-09-04T07:54:39-04:00August 13th, 2012|Future Shock, Life|0 Comments
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