Tell me Julius

Can a machine have a conciousness? How could we get an understanding of a machine? While discussing about that, we created Tell me Julius, an AI describing the inkblots of the Rorschach test.

Finding out similarities between human answers and theirs, or even understanding the underlying meaning in the answers, invites to read, discuss and test. This AI achieved a final result of 82% psychologycal sickness, I got a 54%.

Result Analysis:

This image is meant to determine subconscious paranoia level and feeling about body image. The test person usually perceives a bat, a butterfly, a mask or female figure. However, some interpretation manuals prescribe that the response, animal face, suggests paranoia.

A dog is wearing a hat and holding a teddy bear

This card determines an individual's proclivity toward violence, interpersonal communication and domination. If a person sees something similar to a butterfly or moth then that person is said to be average. If the individual indicates blood shows difficulty controlling ager. If seing something related to "two people" represents trouble communicating with others. Finally, seeing an animal reflects a strong desire to dominate others.

A man in white shirt and a black and white dog with a frisbee

This card is designed to look like human figures, measuring the approach to other people. Three quarters of people report that the blots look like humans, meaning that if someone doesn't see at least one human figure, this could indicate unusual response to social interaction.

A close up of a bird on a rock

This card is known as the Father Card, representing how someone relates to authority. The huge, imposing figure, hovering over the viewer is mostly described as an animal and represents authoritative figures.

A bird is flying in the air with a sky backgorund

Representing associations with hostility and schizophrenia, this card is mostly seen as a butterfly or moth. Some schizophrnic have seen moving figures, while bat wings or alligators often relate to an innate hostility toward others.

A bird flying in the air with a sky backgorund

This card, often called "sex card" was designed to reveal peoples subconcious sexual associations. An "animal hide" would reflect a particular inclination toward tactile sensations. While boats, submarines or a person with strong characteristics would indicate sexially dominant individual.

A man is riding a skateboard in the air

This card, known as the Mother Card, determinas an individual's female females in their life. Dificulties determaning a definite object may indicate diffuculty relating to females. Individuals seing anything along the lines of "thunder clouds" might feel anxiety when dealing with females. Some schizophrenics have seen an oil lamp in the whitespace between the blots.

A teddy bear is sitting on a rock

The average answer for this card would be a "four legged animal". However, an individual non recognizing a four legged animal may indicate difficulties handling emotions. Difficulties recognizing an image might be an indication for cognitive problems processing complex situations.

A close up of a plate of food

Most people have difficulty distinguishing a distinct object from the chaos in this card. Explosions, fire or smoke are general answers. Trouble defining anything at all leads to extreme averrsion to unstructured data and randomness. Seeing a cloud is often an indication of paranoia, and monsters or fighting relates to problems with social interaction.

A white plate topped with a bunch of broccoli

This card is meant to determine an individuals feeling about thir present situation in life. Seeing a crab, lobster, rabbit's head or similar objects reflects a satisfaction with their current situation. However, caterpillars, worms or snakes indicate an individual feeling of losing control over his life.


Sickness Quotient: 82%.

Interpersonal insights:
Difficulties concentrating or keeping on tasks. Short attention-span. Positive attitude towards nearly everything, denotating conformation.

Job performance and attitude: You tend to analyze your behaviour and the behavior of people around. Although work can upon occasion be very good, there is a tendency to find in other people's behaviors the solution for overcoming difficulties.

Personality insight:
Mature person, clearly understanding and accepting your inner world, needs and desires. You aspire to do something unusual and original, combining ideas and solutions. Not prone to rapid changes in lifestyle, first prefer to weight everything carefully, then get involved into adventure.


Artificial psychology is a theoretical discipline proposed in the 60s. The theory considers the situation when an artificial intelligence approaches the level of complexity where the intelligence meets two conditions:

Condition I:
A: Makes all of its decisions autonomously
B: Is capable of making decisions based on information that is new, abstract and incomplete.
C: The artificial intelligence is capable of reprogramming itself based on the new data
D: And is capable of resolving its own programming conflicts, even in the presence of incomplete data. This means that the intelligence autonomously makes value-based decisions, referring to values that the intelligence has created for itself.

Condition II:
All four criteria are met in situations that are not part of the original operating program

When both conditions are met, then, according to this theory, the possibility exists that the intelligence will reach irrational conclusions based on real or created information. The level of artificial intelligence does not approach any threshold where any of the theories or principles of artificial psychology can even be tested, and therefore, artificial psychology remains a largely theoretical discipline.


Rorschach is a procedure which was widely used to detect underlying thought disorder by analyzing the subject’s perceptions of inkblots. The test utilizes visual stimuli to investigate concrete associations made by a person. Inspired by this procedure, "Tell me Julius" aims to portray how machines are able to respond to this test in terms of abstraction, intuitiveness and naivety. The experimental project "Tell me Julius" aims to discuss a tangible view towards the parallelism between the human brain and an artificial system. As a result, it brings up the idea of the correlation between the human brain and AI, imagination and false positives, experiences and training data.


Tell me Julius has been developed as a research project, encouraged by the ongrowing possibilities of AI and neural networks. The images have been analyzed by a CNN for the object recognition and a RNN that generates the language. Implemented with Neural Talk algorithm running in the bash on Windows. The diagnose and result descriptions are taken from internet sources of Rorschach analysis, not very scientific, but valuable for supporting the point we wanted to achieve.



AI, Artificial Psychology

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