Turing wins again


Chevrolet asks, at FindNewRoads.com.

It continues, “Choose your account and IBM Watson will analyze your latest posts to find out and give you a glimpse into your social personality.”

I chose Twitter.

After looking at my tweets, which now number 11,100, it concluded,

You are shrewd and somewhat inconsiderate.

You are solemn: you are generally serious and do not joke much. You are philosophical: you are open to and intrigued by new ideas and love to explore them. And you are authority-challenging: you prefer to challenge authority and traditional values to help bring about positive changes.

You are motivated to seek out experiences that provide a strong feeling of efficiency.

You are relatively unconcerned with both tradition and helping others. You care more about making your own path than following what others have done. And you think people can handle their own business without interference.

Then it adds,


And goes on…


Below that is a Yes/No question. I said No. Inconsiderate of me, I guess.

Anyway, it gets a few things right, but a lot very wrong.

But hell, it’s just a machine. Good at chess and Go, but not at being human.


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  1. the other Donald’s avatar

    God help IBM. Cringely may be right.

  2. Doc Searls’s avatar

    Thanks, Don. Here’s the full Cringeley on IBM.

    Many years ago, my old pal Craig Burton, who had more to do with Novell’s success than anybody else, back in the decade, compared IBM to “the giant snake that circles the world.” Meaning “It will take a long time for the tail to know the head is dead.” Craig pronounced the head dead already at the time.

    What saved it was its services business, and realizing it could put lots of Linux servers in one Z series mainframe. But Amazon and Rackspace are eating the latter business and the former isn’t very interesting. I could go on, but Cringeley does it better.

  3. Mihai Pintilie’s avatar

    Never trust a machine! Not analyzing your life by your posts! Orwell knows!

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