Re: IA projects

Scott Badger (
Sat, 7 Aug 1999 20:52:22 -0500

> Gabriele Betti wrote:
> >
> > Hi,
> > I'd like to know how astrology can influence our choices.
> > I'd like to know if it was possible to set up an AI based computer
> > influenced by astronomical data correlated, maybe, to events
> > and storically).
> Astrology only influences our choices as much as we beleive them to have
> an influence. Its very much a self fulfilling prophesy, a bit, or whole
> lot, of placebo effect. The evidence that the stock market can be
> roughly predicted by astrology only illustrates how many traders are
> making their trading decisions according to their horoscope. They and
> others like them fulfill their own prophesies by creating trends of
> speculation. I'll bet if the rules of astrological prediction were
> suddenly changed that the market behaviro would change as well.
> Mike Lorrey

Here's a relevant quote:

"A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an "intellectual"? - find out how s/he feels about astrology."

I agree with Mike. Of course, it's difficult to say what % of these traders are believers and what % are simply speculating because they believe followers of astrology will move in a particular direction at a particular time. Regardless, it would be interesting to know if we can capitalize on their actions.