If Your Teacher Sounds Like a Robot, You Might Be On to Something

In the 2015 film ‘Ex Machina,’ above, a young man assesses the human characteristics of a beautiful robot. Photo: Everett Collection By Melissa Korn Melissa Korn The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @melissakorn melissashirakorn Google+ Melissa.Korn@wsj.com May 6, 2016 10:57 a.m. ET 2 COMMENTS One day in January, Eric Wilson dashed off a message to the teaching assistants for an online course at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “I really feel like I missed the mark in giving the correct amount of feedback,” he wrote, pleading to revise an assignment. Thirteen minutes later, the TA responded. “Unfortunately, there is not a way to edit submitted feedback,” wrote Jill Watson, one of nine assistants for the 300-plus students. Last week, Mr. Wilson found out he had been seeking guidance from a computer. Jill Watson Since…


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