Yesterday I fell for an April Fools’ joke for the first time (that I can remember, at least).
A blog post, ostensibly from Georgia Tech, announced a new program to award credit to students who use their smartphones while logged on to the campus Wi-Fi system. “Every website visit, post, tweet, photo, and yes, even yaks are available and tied to a user,” it said. “Grades are assigned using machine learning that has been trained to recognize intellectually valid content. The student receives a monthly report of their progress. The more they use the Internet, the faster they graduate.”
At first I thought, “So much for digital privacy on campus.” When I realized I’d been had, I chuckled, seeing my bamboozlement as a by-product of age.