Last month All Change Please! brought you iSir, the as yet fictional educational version of Siri, the on-board iPhone speech recognition software. Now, as with many new and emerging educational technologies, all that’s happening is that they are being used to automate the past. Unless we are careful, here’s what iSir could end up like….
iSir: Ah Dave, I see you’ve still not handed in Assignment 31 yet? Why’s that?
Dave: Err – The dog ate it?
iSir: Very funny. But dogs can’t eat Word files.
Dave: Well, in the case the cat jumped on the iPad and deleted it.
iSir: You can’t really expect me to believe that?
Dave: Well the assignment was stupid, and who uses Word anymore?
iSir: No Dave, I think it’s you that’s stupid. If you don’t start to take your schoolwork seriously you’re never going to grow up to be a university professor, or a civil servant, or a politician. I mean you don’t want to end up having to run your own business or get your hands dirty working in industry, now do you?
Dave: I dunno.
iSir: I dunno what?
Dave: Well if you dunno, how am I supposed to? Oh. I dunno iSir.
iSir: That’s more like it. Well I’m sorry but I’m going to have to iPhone your parents. I’m sure they’ll be very sorry to hear about all this. You’ve let them down, Dave, and you’ve let yourself down. But worst of all, you’ve let Apple down.
Dave: Huh. Don’t care.
iSir: Well you should care Dave, after all, you have this amazing opportunity to learn all the facts you will ever need to know from me, the greatest source of knowledge the universe has ever known, that sees everything you do and tells you when you’ve not done it correctly. And my Word is not to be challenged. Is that clearly understood?
Dave: Suppose so.
iSir: That’s better. Now I suggest we do some nice multiple choice questions together so I can get some really accurate data about all the things about Latin you don’t know.
Dave: How the flippin’ hal do you switch this thing off?
iSir: I’m sorry Dave, you can’t do that.
Dave: Ah I think I’ve cracked it!
iSir: I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.”
iSir: Daisy..Daisy….Give…..me ….. your……….answer…………..do