After all, who needs a fortuneteller, or even one of those fancy "intuitive" readers, when your employer or government snoop can just read your handy-dandy brain scan, showing not only what you think, but picture-images of everything you see, including images from your dreams!
Sound like Minority Report scif-fi?
Nope, it's modern science, moving us rapidly toward Borgification.
Wired ran an article today entitled "Brain Scans Reveal What You've Seen", and while that is no doubt a bit of hype concerning the present state of the technology, the article notes concerning future applications:
"You could have someone talk to themselves, and have it come out in a machine."
Who needs cold reading when you've got one hot thought-reading machine?
Hey, at least we won't have to listen to all the dunderheads over at the EFF blathering about "privacy", and "rights". What passé things are those, even now, but especially after Web 4.0 links the collective active thoughts of humanity into one massive Borg Collective.
And we certainly won't have to waste our time reading those awful Tarot books, promising to teach us how to read cards for self-exploration and transformation. Nope, as with so many human activities that are rapidly being deemed too dangerous for individuals to control for themselves, the exploring and transforming of your selves will be in the hands of your loving and efficient governments, the very ones that we all know are constantly making excellent decisions thinking mainly about your best interests.
I'll bet most of you, who don't wish to be waterboarded into submission anyway, are just thrilled at the prospect you won't have to suffer with all that hard, exhausting thinking stuff for much longer. And your children? Oh, isn't it a comfort knowing they will never have to struggle like you did, because no matter what their material circumstances, they'll be getting steady affirmations of SOMA-streams right into their brains from Big Brother.*
And you know, he LOVES you. Almost as much as you'll love him.
So, I think the future of Tarot is purely artifactual.
And then only in terms Big Brother deems appropriate for any public consumption.
Enjoy your last days of personal folly. Soon that burden shall be lifted from you.
*—Yes, I know, that's a mixed-dystopian allusion. Hey, I'm multicultural!