IBM’s Watson can assess your personality via your writing


IBM’s Watson is one busy computer. After beating former Jeopardy winners, helping with medical research and creating cool and weird recipes, Watson can now also analyze your writing and assess your personality based on the text. I am talking, of course, about the supercomputer’s new Personality Insights service which anyone can use, provided that they have text ready in English or Spanish.

The program, which requires you to enter a minimum of 100 words for an assessment, gives you a brief description of yourself along with scores for the “Big Five” personality traits which are openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism, at least in the theory’s original form. Furthermore, you will also be scored on various values and needs such as openness to change and love. The results are instant so you can go ahead and paste your best work in the link above if you want to see what Watson has to say about you.

Personality Insights is not a perfect system but those imperfections are perhaps the most amusing part of it. If you know of any dark, brooding or outright sociopathic texts, I highly recommend you paste them for some very humorous results. And if you paste in your own works, be prepared for some potentially hard words which, at least in my own case, rang very true.    a