With a new tool that can assist teachers in determining whether a student or artificial intelligence did the coursework, ChatGPT’s creator is attempting to reduce its reputation as a free-roaming cheating machine.
Following weeks of debate at schools and colleges over concerns that ChatGPT’s capacity to write anything on demand virtually could encourage academic dishonesty and impede learning, OpenAI unveiled its new AI Text Classifier on Tuesday.
OpenAI warns that its new tool is not perfect, like other ones already on the market. Jan Leike, leader of the OpenAI alignment team tasked with making its systems safer, stated that the mechanism for detecting AI-written material “is flawed, and it will be wrong sometimes.”
Because of that, Leike stated, “it shouldn’t be the only factor considered when making judgments.”
Millions of individuals began playing with ChatGPT when it went live as a free application on OpenAI’s website on November 30.
Teenagers and college students were among them. The ease with which technology could answer take-home test questions and help with other assignments prompted fear among some educators, even though many found creative and safe ways to use it.
New York City, Los Angeles, and other significant public school systems started to obstruct its usage in classrooms and on school-owned devices by the time the new year’s classes began.
According to Tim Robinson, a district spokesman, the Seattle Public Schools district first barred ChatGPT on all school devices in December before allowing access to educators who wanted to utilize it as a teaching tool.
Robinson stated, “We can’t afford to ignore it.
According to Robinson, the district is also considering introducing ChatGPT into classrooms so that teachers can use it to assist students in developing their critical thinking skills. Students may use it as a “personal tutor” or help them create new ideas when working on an assignment.
According to school districts nationwide, the discussion surrounding ChatGPT is developing swiftly.
The first thought was, “OMG, how are we going to stop all the cheating that will happen with ChatGPT,” according to Devin Page, a technology specialist with the Maryland district Calvert County Public School.
He claimed that people are beginning to see that preventing “this is the future” is not the best course of action.
Page believes districts like his own will eventually unblock ChatGPT, especially once the company’s detection service is in place.
“I think we would be naive if we were not aware of the dangers this tool poses, but we also would fail to serve our students if we banned them and us from using it for all its potential power,” said Page.