Oroscope

The Concept

The Oroscope is a concept for an application that would automatically generate a live ‘Horoscope’ by using science and data to predict how your day is going to unfold. It would use a machine learning software and existing data points to predict test scores, health, mood, encounters, and many other things that can make or break your day. 

Origin of the Idea

As you probably know, there is a tremendous amount of data available on our computers, tablets, cell phones, and social media pages. The data from our credit cards is tracked, our cars are monitored in various ways, our cell phones are equipped with cameras, microphones, and GPS, our health records are computerized, etc. What if all those bits of information could be crunched to create science-based predictions? That’s the idea behind the Oroscope concept.

How It Works

The Oroscope software would read your agenda, notes, e-mail, and all your private information (online and offline). It would know lots of little things about you similar to what Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Mastercard, Netflix, Amazon and other tech giants that you do business with daily know about you. All that data, which is already available, would be used to predict what is likely to happen during your day, your month, and even years into the future.

The Oroscope app would access public information like weather predictions, traffic data, stock markets, and news. It would be able to read your emotions using facial recognition and body metrics, so it would be able to determine if you are happy or not, and if people around you (or living with you) are happy or not. This means it could predict if you’re going to have an argument during the day with a close friend or bump into someone on your way to an appointment who has good news to share.

It would use past your history to predict what might happen, and since it can access your medical results and that of your family, it might be able to predict small ailments like getting the flu from your child or catching a cold from a co-worker you’re meeting with.

It could estimate which grades you will get in school based on how much you studied and how much weight you will lose based on your exercise routine and food intake. It could also tell you in advance if you are going to enjoy a TV episode, a concert, or a meal based on your past experience and the ones of other Oroscope users who have the same taste as you.

It would efficiently use machine learning software, which is designed to improve its accuracy on a daily basis. The choice would be yours to adapt your behaviour to change the future or use the information to improve your life.

The Market

There is a market for smart applications like the Oroscope. In my opinion, customers will require custom versions based their own taste or opinion about privacy. For instance, you could use it only to predict weather and traffic, and decide later to grant access to your agenda or location. Other people might want to use it to improve their relationships (by avoiding someone in a foul mood) or their health. The possibilities and applications are quite endless. The data is already there, and now the algorithms are just waiting to be created.

The Designer

I would like to thank Martin Rico for creating the images of the Oroscope concept. Martin lives near Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Design at the University of Buenos Aires and now works as a Freelance Industrial Designer. Martin also designed the Aerozon urban shipping system and the Winston congress bot.