Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Get Personality Reports of You and Others Using IBM Watson Personality Insights!

If you are one who keeps yourself abreast of the latest developments in computer technology, you may be aware of the modern human efforts in the development of artificial intelligence using modern computer systems.

Significant research work in this field began in the 1980's and now in this decade of 2010's the fruits of those research efforts are percolating down to the laymen.

Now the computer companies are in a stage to reap the fruits of their efforts commercially.

The multinational computer major IBM  ( visit the IBM official website here!) has now developed an artificially intelligent computer system called the IBM-Watson. This system is capable of answering questions posed to it in the natural language.

IBM-Watson Analytics is a commercial predictive analytics and data visualization that uses artificially intelligent hardware and software systems of the Watson computer system.

That much for the introductory part just in case you didn't know. For that matter I too didn't know all these!

What I really wanted to share with my blog readers is about one of the interesting free services that the Watson analytics provides to people who are interested to explore their own personality traits and also of others around them. 

In this analytical system, the Watson computer system uses artificial intelligence as well as what is known as the cloud computing system to analyze the personality traits of individuals.

The input to be provided for this computerized analysis is some texts originally written by the individual. If the text contains more than 100 words, it works better.

This could be done quite easily by the Personality Insights program provided by the IBM Watson Analytics. Click on the link to get into the page where you can do the personality analysis. At present this is a demo version.

For example, I have copied the above text written by me and pasted it in the input text box and clicked the tab analyze. (Before doing that you need to clear the text already in the box by clicking the 'Clear' button!)

This is the result I got:

There is a descriptive analysis report which read like this:

You are shrewd, skeptical and tranquil.
You are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them. You are philosophical: you are open to and intrigued by new ideas and love to explore them. And you are imaginative: you have a wild imagination.
Experiences that give a sense of prestige hold some appeal to you.
You consider achieving success to guide a large part of what you do: you seek out opportunities to improve yourself and demonstrate that you are a capable person. You are relatively unconcerned with tradition: you care more about making your own path than following what others have done."

Then there is a pretty long chart which gives my personality traits. Some of the traits I predominantly have are told as the following:

Openness : 100%
Intellect    : 100%
Artistic interests : 28 %
Achievement striving : 94%
Imagination: 98%
Cautiousness: 92%
Sympathy: 100 %
Susceptible to stress: 1%
Melancholy :27%

The list is long. Now what is to be checked is whether this is reproducible and reliable. I checked with another blog article I wrote yesterday. I got the following result:

"You are social and genial.
You are self-controlled: you have control over your desires, which are not particularly intense. You are laid-back: you appreciate a relaxed pace in life. And you are unconcerned with art: you are less concerned with artistic or creative activities than most people who participated in our surveys.
Your choices are driven by a desire for connectedness.
You consider helping others to guide a large part of what you do: you think it is important to take care of the people around you. You are relatively unconcerned with achieving success: you make decisions with little regard for how they show off your talents."

Now what about the data behind my personality as the computer has got it? The report now returned these:

Openness : 75%
Intellect    : 88 %
Artistic interests : 1 %
Achievement striving : 11 %
Imagination: 76 %
Cautiousness: 73 %
Sympathy: 83 %
Susceptible to stress: 43 %
Melancholy :22 %

There are some differences and I am not an expert to explain those. Possibly it could be due to the differences in time of writing or even the topic which the writing handled. I am not sure.

But the essential features of my character and personality seem to be reported with some accuracy. Because, for many of my own intrinsic personality features are better known to me only.

The artificial intelligence working here is in the demo mode. It is going to advance further to much higher levels of predictability.

It is interesting. 

It also proves human intelligence that created it.

And above all, it proves the supreme intelligence ( I mean the Divine Intelligence) that provides man with all this creative intelligence!


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