Could algorithms someday replace peer reviewers in Mira Smart Conferencing’s abstract management software? If Google can (or claims) to rate you blog for “readability,” can’t abstract management software do the same for academic and technical abstracts?
“Artificial intelligence (AI) is a tempting solution for the time and money spent during the peer review process,” John Berglund, CEO of Mira Smart Conferencing said. “In the end, though, even with the great advances in AI, Mira’s customers want to keep the human touch.”
- EdX: EdX , a not-for-profit out of Harvard and MIT, created software that not only grades essays and short answers but then regrades revisions of the originally submitted work. The algorithm, based on actual human-graded writing, “learns” what “good writing” is and grades accordingly. Around twelve schools were already using it by 2012.
- Narrative Science: coming out of Northwestern’s School of Journalism, this program generates simple news articles that read like, well, a well-written simple news article, all done with no direct human input. In 2012, The CTO and co-founder Kristian Hammond predicted that a computer would win a Pulitzer within five years. We have two years to go.
- In 2005, three MIT students created a random research paper generator. Type in your name, and you get a randomly generated computer science paper of babble ready for submission, and acceptance, as the three graduate students own first submission proved.
“Taken on face value, this new model of AI challenges the way things have been done,” John said. “It’s an intriguing notion, but it does not take very long to determine that the emperor has no clothes. I don’t believe AI will ever be a shortcut to human intervention, where content is created the old fashioned way, one person at a time.”
Mira’s abstract management software reduces the labor of the peer review process as much as possible. Our new UI interface allows ease of use that and expands and contracts as needed. The abstract, as well as the ratings, recommendations, and comments all collect on one page.
“Our reviewers are busy doing their own research,” John said. “When they volunteer to peer review for a conference, it’s above and beyond their required work. We respect that and ensure that they put in as little unnecessary effort as possible.”
In the end, the value of any abstract management software like Mira Smart Conferencing’s solution is the quality of the humans using it. At least that’s our opinion, given that a computer wrote this blog post.