I am currently exploring this idea in a paper
Could your personality decide how you can collaborate with AI in future jobs?
I am a strong believer in a mode where humans and AI work together and collaborate
I also believe that if we can master this skill, we can bring manufacturing jobs back from offshore destinations
In the book Humans + Machines – Reinventing work in the age of AI: Daugherty and Wilson (2018) propose a model for humans and AI working together based on the idea of identifying the ‘missing middle'. The missing middle represents areas where humans and AI collaborate and comprises of two sections:
where humans complement machines and
where AI gives humans superpowers.
The authors identify subcategories in these models that I briefly explain below.
The authors call for process re-engineering to rethink business processes implemented as a hybrid human-machine model.
Source: Daugherty and Wilson (2018)
Functions where humans complement machines
Functions where AI gives humans superpowers
Now, based on this, can we think of personality traits in humans that could be suitable for jobs based on the above?
So, think of Myers Briggs theory for personality types
Myers-Briggs theory is an adaptation of the theory of psychological types produced by Carl Gustav Jung. It is based on 16 personality types, which Jung viewed as stereotypes. They act as useful reference points to understand your unique personality (Jung 1957, p. 304). At the heart of Myers Briggs theory are four preferences. Do you prefer to deal with:
In Myers Briggs theory, for each pair you prefer one style more than the other. You combine the letters associated with your preferences to get your Myers Briggs personality type. For example, having preferences for E, S, T and J gives a personality type of ESTJ.
The first pair of styles is concerned with the direction of your energy.
The second pair concerns the type of information/things that you process.
The third pair reflects your style of decision-making.
The final pair describes the type of lifestyle you adopt.
When you put these four letters together, you get a personality type code. Having four pairs to choose from means there are sixteen Myers Briggs personality types.
So, the question I am working on is: Can we design a similar model of personality types so that we can then identify which personality type is suited for which function in the ‘missing middle’
If we could get this right, we could change the nature of jobs and the nature of the workforce
AI would be a friend instead of a threat to employment
Ironically, COVID-19 gives us the opportunity to explore these ideas
I should be able to publish more when we have more data from our paper