Shirley, You Jest, Watson!






Watson 2

A few years ago IBM was touting their Artificial Intelligence, Watson. Then they announced that it would be focused on medicine.

This does not seem to be medicine.

Personality Insights

The IBM Watson Personality Insights service uses linguistic analytics to extract a spectrum of cognitive and social characteristics from the text data that a person generates through blogs, tweets, forum posts, and more.

I popped in these blog entries and got my results.

Name                                  Value
                  The Big 5
Openness                            91%
Adventurousness              76%
Artistic interests                  1%       One Percent! Forsooth!
Emotionality                      16%
Imagination                      92%
Intellect                              93%
Authority-challenging    90%
Conscientiousness            32%
Achievement striving       25%
Cautiousness                      58%
Dutifulness                            5%
Orderliness                           6%
Self-discipline                      7%
Self-efficacy                       44%
Extraversion                      23%
Activity level                        3%
Assertiveness                      51%
Cheerfulness                        7%
Excitement-seeking        16%
Outgoing                             5%
Gregariousness                  4%
Agreeableness                    7%
Altruism                              4%
Cooperation                      17%
Modesty                             11%
Uncompromising              5%
Sympathy                          78%
Trust                                      7%
Emotional range              48%
Fiery                                    56%
Prone to worry                  23%
Melancholy                        64%
Immoderation                   26%
Self-consciousness           23%
Susceptible to stress        16%
Challenge                           67%
Closeness                           60%
Curiosity                            60%
Excitement                        39%
Harmony                            74%
Ideal                                     31%
Liberty                                44%
Love                                     74%
Practicality                        82%
Self-expression                 24%
Stability                              54%
Structure                            56%
Conservation                     13%
Openness to change        45%
Hedonism                           15%
Self-enhancement           63%
Self-transcendence          77%


First: Artistic Interests 1 % !!

Second: I don’t see how the big five add up to FIVE. Can’t a computer count?

I’ve known adolescent girls with books on Astrology that could do a better cold reading than this. [Rachel Speare, I am talking to you.]

Perhaps Watson doesn’t get understatement.

Now, computers are good at random number generation. I could sooner believe in that.




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