Personality – DMSP 2019

In psychology, personality is defined as a complex set of behaviours, thought and emotional patterns that are dependant on intrinsic and environmental factors that differentiates one individual from another.  In law, legal personality is ascribed to human beings which are the subjects to rights and obligations. Legal persons are supposed to be intelligent, self-aware and have a capacity to determine one’s legal situation. Whilst animals also have a personality, they are not capable of bearing legal responsibility for their actions.  The same can be said about artificial intelligence. Personality implies certain characteristics: the ability to communicate, self-awareness, knowledge of the outside world, creativity and ability to achieve specific aims and objectives. These characteristics are not specific only to humans but other living and non-biological beings, such as robots. Personality transforms and is affected by the biological factors such as ageing, diseases and by environmental changes (surroundings, climate, pollution, relationships etc.).

In this project you will be exploring, the fluid term of ‘personality’ in the digital context. Here are some questions as starting points: Does AI have a personality? How is it shaped and affected? Can a digital device and/or instrument have a personality (i.e. smart phone, laptop etc.)? Do particular technologies encourage very specific ways of working? Do they affect our personalities? How does social media affect one’s personality? What is the difference between online and offline personalities? How does genetics and environment influence one’s personality?