There's much hype about artificial intelligence. The question for astrologers is: “Can artificial intelligence be applied to astrology in a sort of astrificial intelligence chart reading?”
Hardly in my opinion, even though artificial intelligence might simulate a human reading through clever natural language processing techniques.
Astrology is not digital 0 or 1. Astrology is analogical, symbolical, a continuous area where things aren't precisely digitally defined. Astrology it's where poetry, metaphors and symbols join rationality.
Astrology thrives at the intersection between intuition and reasoning. Astrology is not irrational. Astrology is beyond rationality while embracing rationality as one of its investigative modalities.
In the last few years, a great amount of efforts and money went into AI projects, but what I think we need as a civilization is to improve the human intelligence and, even more, sensitivity, emotional and symbolical intelligence.
Human intelligence and the capacity to sustain attention have been weakened by screen media and by the culture of immediate rewards.
In the present culture, intelligence is defined only in rational terms. Intelligence tests are mostly based on logical, spatial and mathematical skills. While those are important, human beings have a much broader set of skills (which technology can't reach at least for the foreseeable future).
Mystics say that the mind as we know it is no more than a bunch of conditioning and lies. Perhaps the goal of artificial intelligence is to show us how a mind free from personal biases might operate.
But that would be only a mechanical simulation of what a real liberated mind might become, which reaches a broader spiritual view than the limited individual ego.
Analogical intelligence, the capacity to see symbolical similarities, coupled with intuition and empathy, is what is needed for interpreting a natal chart.
We develop those skills through human contact and through our bodies and our biology, which machines don't obviously have.
I think the drive to create artificial brains is part of the common ego/mind and goes beyond astrology.
Generally, we identify ourselves with the rational mind, which is an important but a limited part of our spiritual potential. In the quest for power, we want to create more powerful clones of our mind.
Outsourcing the ordinary mind's work to an artificial entity might even stimulate human beings to reclaim and develop higher faculties as compassion, awareness and observation of the mind's mechanisms from an inner view. In other words, artificial intelligence might encourage the development of enlightened human beings.
On the other side, there's the actual hazard to let AI do our work by becoming servomechanisms of the machine. If humanity will identifies itself on the mental/rational level, as, for historical, cultural and evolutive reasons mostly does, we will become slaves of the machines because they will be and somehow already are more proficient on that level.
I documented my reflections about technology and the human soul in my book "The Digitally Divided Self: Relinquishing our Awareness to the Internet" and on my (now rarely updated) blog at www.indranet.org