Compass Investments

Crypto vs. Dollar

📌 Boston University responds to criticism of artificial intelligence proposals amid grad student strike.

Boston University proposes to use artificial intelligence during graduate student strike but denies replacing workers. Blockchain

– Boston University proposes to use artificial intelligence during graduate student strike but denies replacing workers.

Critics have accused artificial intelligence of not replacing the vital role of graduate students.

Graduate students are on strike after eight months of negotiations, demanding higher wages and health care.

Boston University (BU) has responded harshly to criticism, with the dean suggesting that artificial intelligence (AI) tools could be used while graduate students go on strike. The controversy arose after Stan Sklaroff, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, sent an email recommending the use of artificial intelligence to teach extra classes during the strike.

BU was quick to respond to concerns raised after the publication of Dean Sklaroff’s letter. The university emphasized that neither Dean Sklaroff nor BU plans for artificial intelligence to replace graduate student assistants. In a statement released Friday, BU reaffirmed its commitment to the important role of graduate student assistants and refuted claims that the university seeks to replace graduate student assistants with artificial intelligence.

According to the university’s statement, Dean Sklyarov’s memo simply urges the university to consider different teaching options to mitigate the impact of the strike. The memo encourages professors to explore innovative methods, including artificial intelligence, to manage course discussions, lab work and student feedback while the strike continues.

Dean Sklaroff’s email, obtained by Inside Higher Ed and sent to faculty, outlines various strategies for adapting teaching formats and using technology while the strike is in effect. Among them are combining discussion sessions, assigning alternative assignments such as movie analysis, and using artificial intelligence tools to provide feedback and facilitate discussion of readings and assignments.

However, the proposal was criticized by base faculty and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 509, among others. The union expressed deep disappointment with BU’s proposal, saying that artificial intelligence cannot replace the core functions of graduate students: mentoring, organizing discussions, and teaching.

In an email, SEIU Branch 509’s president urged BU to reconsider its decision and emphasized the importance of properly compensating graduate student employees for their important contributions to the university.

The graduate student strike began last week, prompted by demands for higher wages, expanded health insurance and other concessions. The union and BU had been negotiating for eight months prior to the strike, but a solution was never reached.

The strike reflects broader labor disputes in academia and underscores the ongoing challenges graduate students face in seeking fair pay and adequate benefits for their work.”

Share this link

James is a cryptocurrency enthusiast and enjoys sharing his knowledge of fintech, cryptocurrencies, blockchain and cutting edge technology. His focus is on the latest innovations in the crypto industry, crypto gaming, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and other technologies. His mission is to pave the way for applications that will change the entire industry.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin

$64,468.91

BTC 1.47%

Ethereum

Ethereum

$3,083.17

ETH 0.41%

Binance Coin

Binance Coin

$557.95

BNB 0.89%

XRP

XRP

$0.50

XRP -0.55%

Dogecoin

Dogecoin

$0.15

DOGE 1.12%

Cardano

Cardano

$0.47

ADA 3.59%

Solana

Solana

$145.65

SOL 4.68%