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Stephen Downes

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The headline says it all. I give the headline writer a ranking of '5'. I give the creator of the app a '2' (because people have been rating each other on dating sites and on things like 'hotornot' for decades, and sites like eBay and Uber have been rating clients and vendors almost as long). But you know, as this sort of thing spreads (and becomes more intelligent, not simply clumsy scoring of one person by another) it may replace grades and evaluations. Correction: it will replace grades and evaluations. Because, when you have an entire network evaluating people, why on earth would you fall back on something as imprecise as a test? (p.s. smart network-based evaluations are what finally break up 'old boy networks' that mutually support each other with positive recommendations).

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