Friday, March 15, 2013

Computers Grade Writing


     This is a seriously frightening prospect, none of us should let computers grade the creative and intellectual efforts of our children or ourselves. Didn't anybody pay attention to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey?  Do we really want "Hal" giving children higher scores for throwing in random words that have more syllables, even if they make absolutely no sense in the context of the work?  I am all for using technology to advance our connections to each other and to increase our knowledge, but throwing away people for inferior technology to save a few bucks is one of the most common ways we get ourselves into trouble, isn't it?

1. Article on Inside Higher Ed by Ry Rivard:
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/03/15/professors-odds-machine-graded-essays

2. Report by Les Perelman:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/82100708/Critique_of_Shermis_Hammer_Paper_Ver_3_4_complete_final.pdf



And so it goes...

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