So have you heard the latest?

Replacing academic faculty with woefully underpaid contingent labour is so yesterday: “Essay-Grading Software Offers Professors a Break.” John Markoff. New York Times (April 4, 2013): “The software uses artificial intelligence to grade student essays and short written answers, freeing professors for other tasks.” Such as taking on additional course sections, I’m guessing.

There is a petition: Professionals Against Machine Scoring Of Student Essays In High-Stakes Assessment:

Computers cannot “read.” They cannot measure the essentials of effective written communication: accuracy, reasoning, adequacy of evidence, good sense, ethical stance, convincing argument, meaningful organization, clarity, and veracity, among others.

It’s kinda cute that in order to sign the petition, one has to verify that one is human. Like robots are going to sign this one.

Distressed student receives failing grade.

Distressed student receives failing grade. Robot grader is empathetic.

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