Apparently, computer algorithms are now being used to grade student essays. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/04/25/can-computers-really-grade-essay-tests/?noredirect=on I stumbled across this recently when researching a graduate school admissions test. That is more than just grade school! As a programmer myself, I have no idea how a computer could accurately grade the content of an essay. It could score the grammar, in a narrow-minded, microsoft-word kind of way. It could score the length, vocabulary, or maybe the basic structure. It could even compare the essay to other successful submissions, but that really just measures conformity. A computer can't understand an essay's meaning. Where will this go? Will publishing houses use these algorithms to screen submissions? Do they already?