The pros and cons of AI

Recently the use of Artificial Intelligence chatbots has been making the news. As AI chatbots become more and more advanced, institutes of higher learning are having a hard time differentiating between AI-generated essays and essays written by a living, breathing, student.

One chatbot in particular has taken the internet by storm.

ChatGPT launched Nov. 30, 2022 and within a week had over one million subscribers.

ChatGPT appears more human and can perform a variety of tasks within seconds.

It also has raised concerns about plagiarism at educational institutions. Teachers worry that the use of AI chatbots, such as ChatGPT, will lead to cheating on homework and exam coursework assignments.

There’s also a growing concern about the use of chatbots by researchers.

When we think of AI chatbots, we conjure up images of sci-fi type bots like J.A.R.V.I.S from the movie Ironman. Tony Stark developed J.A.R.V.I.S (Just a Rather Very Intelligent System), which is a self-aware bot that interacted with Stark.

Fantasy, right?

Maybe not. According to tech gurus, AI has made incredible leaps forward in the technology.

It’s not like the old days when chatbots were taking the place of humans in customer service.

Who doesn’t remember yelling “representative” into the phone only to hear, “I’m sorry, I did not understand you, say representative.”

The technology isn’t perfect, but it’s getting there. People who write for a living, such as journalists, tech writers and novelists, could soon be out of a job as AI increases it’s proficiency. There is a company in Japan that currently uses AI to generate novels and almost won a literary prize for it’s efforts.

All is not lost though. A 22-year-old senior at Princeton University, Edward Tian, has built an app to detect whether text is written by ChatGPT.

Tian is majoring in computer science and minoring in journalism. Who better to look for a way to fight the increase in AI plagia rism. His app takes into account how humans write versus how a bot writes. Bot writing tends to be more uniform, while humans write in “burstiness,” in other week of it’s launch, over 30,000 users used it, causing the site to crash. The free hosting platform stepped in to support Tian with more memory and resources to handle the

It didn’t catch all AI-generated papers, but it did catch most of them, giving hope to teachers everywhere that there is a new tool out there to help catch AI-generated school work.

“The word ‘journalist’ is a very broad term. It can mean someone who reports on current events, or it can mean someone who writes about past events for the purpose of informing others. There are many different types of journalists, but one type that is becoming more and more popular is artificial intelligence (AI). Artificial intelligence has been around for decades, but in recent years it has become much more advanced. Deep learning programs have allowed AI to learn how to perform tasks without being told exactly what to do.”

The previous paragraph was written by a site called the-good-ai.com. For $5 a month, it will help with writing or outlining a story. There’s a free version as well, but it limits the user to 100 words. After plunking down the $5, I typed in “journalism versus AI,” selected 700 words, and got what, at first blush, looked like a decent article.

Halfway through the essay, it turned to complete gibberish.

“The goal behind creating JennyBot was so that reporters could spend less time writing stories and more time doing other things like going out drinking with friends or watching Netflix shows instead of sitting at their desk writing articles all day long because now they didn’t have anything important to report about since there wasn’t anyone alive left in Britain anymore besides some stray cats living under bridges so there wasn’t much newsworthy information left for her team members at The Sun.”

Try passing that off to your English professor. This site is not the highly-touted ChatGPT, that site is currently not accepting new users.

AI is here to stay and helps make many tasks easier. According to a study conducted by IDC, 92% of educational institutions are already using AI technology regularly. Schools are using AI technology to help personalize students’ learning experiences. Not every student learns at the same level as others. With AI, the same material can be tailored to fit each students learning ability.

There are pros to AI: 1. Organized information.

Platforms like Quizlet can help students by giving them the relevant study materials, no more googling needed to help with studies.

2. Personalized learning experience. AI identifies strengths and weak nesses and can make a learning plan for each individual student.

3. Better for students with special needs by offering better resources.

4. Immersive learning.

The old-school method focused on memory retention instead of their actually understanding the subject.

5. Intelligent Tutoring Systems. ITS is not a new concept, but AI makes it easier for teachers and tutors to analyze student information better.

The cons are relatively few, with cost being the biggest negative factor. It takes a lot of money to digitize our schools. Poorer school districts would be the hardest hit.

2. Social interaction between teachers and students can suffer as we rely more on technology to teach our students.

3. Unemployment may rise. As AI is used more and more there is the possibility it can replace teaching staff and tutors.

4. Personal information getting into the wrong hands.

So far the technology works best with human interaction. Humans input the parameters and AI takes it from there. The end product still needs tweaking from a real person, so for now, people who make a living by the written word can relax.

As parents, does it ease our minds that our kids don’t have to work so hard to write college worthy papers, or should we be worried that school kids don’t have to work so hard anymore? History is full of tales of apocalyptic outcomes when mankind lets others do his thinking for him.