Uranus is the planetary ruler of technology, and as it makes its way through the luxury-loving sign of the Bull, many of us will be forced to choose what we value most: the ease provided by modern technologies or the security afforded by protecting our privacy.
Less than 10 days after Uranus entered Taurus, the sign that also rules personal values and vocal cords, it was reported that one of Amazon’s Alexa devices recorded a private conversation and sent it to another user.
This report prompted many users to question whether their devices were spying on them.
Now, if Alexa or any other voice-activated digital assistant can respond to a voice command at any time, it’s only logical that it would be listening all the time.
Given that this technology is still pretty much in its infancy, it shouldn’t be surprising if something is misinterpreted or malfunctions in a negative way.
However, when it comes to iPhone’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and other voice-activated digital assistants, some researchers have already shown that they can be seriously manipulated.
This type of manipulation is also in its infancy.
The first electronic voice synthesizer (the Voder) made its debut in 1939 while Uranus was in Taurus. Consequently, we can expect to see significant advances in voice recognition technology, as well as other forms of artificial intelligence.
Besides ruling tangible goods, Taurus is the most productive sign in the zodiac so as Uranus awakens this sign, we can expect that such advancements will be widely used by businesses in their factories and warehouses. We can also expect to see such technologies incorporated into consumer goods that promise increased productivity and/or are marketed as must-have amenities to make one’s life easier.
Since Taurus is known for its appreciation of sensory pleasures, we can anticipate seeing technology packaged in new designs that make these products seem more like fashionable accessories and beautiful decor than electronic devices, as well as luxury lines that carry high price tags.
Although we prefer to focus on the positive traits, every zodiac sign has its failings, and when it comes to Taurus, the Bull can be lazy, self-indulgent and place way too much emphasis on comfort and material possessions.
As Uranus moves through Taurus, many of us may be enticed by technologies that offer a cushier lifestyle. If we’re not careful, the cost will far exceed the price tag.