Is resistance futile?
Robots might soon score schoolkids’ essays on standardized tests.
Several education testing companies have apparently developed robo-graders: basically, these bots have been programmed to grade writing and supposedly perform “as well as humans do,” according to the New York Times.
And while us humans can only be expected to score a maximum of thirty essays per hour, robo-graders can tear through 16,000 in 20 seconds.
The Times notes:
“Mark Shermis, dean of the College of Education at the University of Akron, collected more than 16,000 middle school and high school test essays from six states that had been graded by humans. He then used automated systems developed by nine companies to score those essays.
Computer scoring produced ‘virtually identical levels of accuracy, with the software in some cases proving to be more reliable.’
But robots aren’t perfect, even if they can totally get away with keeping us comatose and in a simulated reality as to harvest our kinetic energy — like they are probably doing right now.
Anyway, robo-grading “can be easily gamed, is vulnerable to test prep, sets a very limited and rigid standard for what good writing is, and will pressure teachers to dumb down writing instruction,” claims one critic.
Oh, and robots also “can’t identify truth.” Score one for people!
There is one thing robo-readers do really well, however. They make the human experience seem even more meaningless!
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