"I need, I need some answers, OK," he demanded. (Typical Taurus.) "I don't know if I'm late to this or early to this, but, what is this Pattern shit?" He was talking about The Pattern, an astrology app which he recently downloaded and which has been sending him some eerily accurate message alerts about his life.
"How do you know what you know about me, Pattern?" Tatum asked. "People at The Pattern, people who use The Pattern, you need to DM me right now and tell me how you know this stuff. I don't even know if I want to know this stuff, I don't even know if I want to know, I don't know if anybody should know this stuff. I was just in therapy yesterday, yeah I'm in therapy, whatever, everybody should be in therapy, and I just get a notification on my phone this morning, boop, it pops up, and using the exact same words that we were using in therapy — is the phone listening?"
"Are you listening through the phone, Pattern? A.I., the algorithm that is The Pattern, are you listening through my phone and then just regurgitating the stuff that I'm afraid of? You know what, Pattern people, you should just call me, that's what should happen right now, you should just DM me. If you know so much, you know how to get in touch with me now, don't you, so just do that. I need answers right now."
The Pattern, a variant on the better-known astrology app Co-Star, requires users to input their date, time and place of birth in order to then generate tailored star chart readings. "Based on decades of research, we aim to give you the most in-depth and comprehensive information about yourself, your relationships, and the various time periods in your life," reads the app's official description. "We aren’t here to make predictions or judgements, but rather provide you with tools that highlight events affecting your life."
What is not made clear in this statement is exactly how the app comes by this "in-depth and comprehensive information." It may well be written in the stars, or it could be, as Tatum speculates, eavesdropping on your conversations.
This article originally appeared on Men's Health