Want a picture?
Type a few guidelines in a field. An artificial intelligence (AI) can draw it for you.
How about a story?
Same thing. Put in a few guidelines. AI will tell you one.
Many times, AI output is pretty good, useful even.
Just how lazy artificial intelligence makes people remains to be seen.
It’s so thorough in some cases that many are going to be tempted to not even try to go against it.
And now you can easily interpret your dreams. Just put in a few descriptors into a text box and press a button. The AI will spit out some result in seconds.
AI and dream interpretation
AI is terrible at dream interpretation.
An AI can’t hope to tell you what a certain symbol means to you.
It can’t tell you how different parts of your life mix in your subconscious.
Explainthedream.com is a terrible site.
It offers dream interpretation by AI plus a number of articles generated by AI.
Sites like it ruin people’s opinion of
the usefulness of dream interpretation.
The Stevie Nicks dream
I experimented by seeing what the AI would say about a dream I had a few years ago fully detailed here.
In the dream, a number of shabbily dressed peasants were being interrogated by a law enforcement official: “Who did you see?”
“I don’t know,” they said.
“Say Stevie Nicks,” the official said, apparently feeding them answers.
“Okay,” they agreed. “Stevie Nicks.”
“Good,” he said. “That will make it better and safer for you.”
Then it was the famous singer’s turn. She was off somewhere to the side, away from the peasants.
“Who did you see?” the official asked.
“I don’t know,” she said.
“Say you saw the peasants,” the official suggested.
“Ok,” she agreed. “I saw the peasants.”
The dream had been triggered by a documentary I had seen about the Roma people. My subconscious used the symbol of Stevie Nicks based on her hit song “Gypsy” to suggest a solution for them.
Dreams are based on input and thoughts unique to each of us. There’s no way an AI can satisfactorily analyze it.
Here’s what the AI said about the Stevie Nicks dream:
This dream may symbolize a power dynamic or manipulation within the dreamer’s waking life. The shabbily dressed peasants being interrogated could represent individuals or aspects of the dreamer’s self that feel oppressed or controlled. The law enforcement official, feeding them answers and coercing them to say a specific name (Stevie Nicks), may represent authority figures or external influences pressuring the dreamer to conform or adhere to certain beliefs or actions.
The fact that the peasants agree to say “Stevie Nicks” and the official states it will make things better and safer suggests a desire for safety and protection, even if achieved through false validation or compliance. On the other hand, the famous singer, Stevie Nicks, being questioned separately and asked to say she saw the peasants might signify the dreamer’s desire for recognition or prominence, even if it means associating with those in a subordinate position.
Overall, this dream could reflect the dreamer’s feelings of being manipulated, coerced, or struggling with their sense of identity and authentic self-expression in the face of external pressures. It may suggest a need to evaluate the balance of power and influences in the dreamer’s waking life.
It’s too bad that there are sites like this. It gives dream interpretation a bad name.
James Cobb, RN, MSN, is an emergency department nurse and the founder of the Dream Recovery System. His goal is to provide his readers with simple, actionable ways to improve their health and maximize their quality of life.
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