Facial Analysis Software Spots Struggling Students

Will Knight, Brightspace Blog, Jul 15, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

OK, so my webcam is about 12 inches from my nose, which means it could have a detailed insight into my mental state if it really wanted. Forget whether I'm passing or failing - I'd rather have it pick appropriate music for me, connect me to appropriate self-help website, and reassure with a knowing nod and the comment, "ah yes, but first you must understand why you are so perturbed today." Yes, perturbed. At such a close range, it should know me better than I know myself. And why would we waste such technology on test scores when there is so so much more we could be doing with it?

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