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Numerology Cycles / Algorithms & Divisiveness

Date Thursday - October 10, 2019
Host George Noory
Guests Glynis McCantsRobert Elliott Smith

Numerologist Glynis McCants is an expert in how patterns of events unfold according to the energy signature of specific numbers. In the first half, she shared her analysis of how this year's cycle of three is playing out for world leaders, celebrities, and events, as well as provided readings for callers. We have seen a shift with the whistleblower's revelations (about the Ukrainian phone call) becoming known in September. For Donald Trump, she said, in a personal year of "5," when he entered September, which for him is a personal month of "5," this was a toxic combination-- energy that was not compatible for him. Now in October, the President is in a month of "6," she continued, and during this time he may think he is the King and refuse to hear other viewpoints, while in November, a "7" month for him, he could potentially step back, observe the situation, and make new choices.

Speaking about celebrities, McCants noted an odd play of numbers with singers Eddie Money (born March 21st) and Ric Ocasek (born March 23rd). They both passed away this past September, again two days apart on the calendar-- Money on Sept. 13th, and Ocasek on Sept. 15th. When she ran their numerology blueprints, she found many similarities between them. The current month of October, a "10," has a positive combination of "1" energy for moving forward, and "0" for contemplation and inspiration, she noted. On Sunday, November 10th, Glynis will conduct an Online Numerology Roundtable, sharing insights, and providing detailed answers to participants' questions.

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Senior Research Fellow of Computer Science at University College London and author of over 35 journal articles on algorithms, Robert Elliott Smith has conducted research projects for the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command, NASA, Boeing, and many others. In the latter half, he discussed the complex web of AI, algorithms, and data gathering that could be altering the nature of humanity. What's driving artificial intelligence (AI), he explained, is its profitability in displacing workers with machines, as well as the easy availability of our data online-- an incredible resource that can fuel AI and algorithms. Jobs that require human thought like newspaper editing, he continued, are being replaced by algorithms that personalize news feeds on social media based on aggregated data of individual users.

These personalized stories get a reaction from people on a huge scale, changing perceptions about the world, and contribute to what has become divisive and hostile online interactions. This "informational segregation" has led to people becoming stuck in their echo chambers, and further, he said, it can function as a tool to influence like-minded groups, as Cambridge Analytica exploited for the 2016 election. The problem, as Smith sees it, is that "we've stopped interacting with one another in the real world, and we start to only interact with one another in the algorithmically mediated social media world." He doesn't see a conspiracy behind this development, but rather views it as an "emergent phenomenon"-- something that happened because of the inherent infrastructure of social media. While "we're in a frightening time," with increasing media manipulation such as "deepfakes," individuals can take action, he remarked, as well government, which can intercede with new regulations.

News segment guests: Lauren Weinstein, Dr. Peter Breggin

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