Will AI advancements cause classroom trouble?

Hayden Fillmore, Staff Reporter

OpenAI, a leading research organization in the field of Artificial Intelligence, released its latest project to the public: ChatGPT. ChatGPT is a language model AI designed to generate human-like text based on the input it receives. 

ChatGPT is trained on a massive dataset, or what the AI knows how to say and how to say it, that’s bigger than 45 terabytes of text, making it one of the largest language models to date. Its ability to generate coherent and contextually appropriate responses to a wide range of questions sets it apart from previous language models and allows for more natural and human-like interaction. With the human-like interactions that ChatGPT can produce with its 45 terabytes of text, it can easily be implemented in various applications found in the modern world.

Although the possible uses of AI in modern industry can be beneficial because of its human-like responses, some teachers are worried that ChatGPT will be used to cheat on assignments.

“If used correctly, it can help students, but I think what it’s going to do is take away the whole thinking and organization process from students which is the whole point behind writing essays,“ said CRHS English teacher, Mrs. Kathleen Phipps. “The kid fulfills the assignment, but they don’t learn and that’s the sad part.“

“I would expect more students to use it to cheat,” said Mrs. Anna Rill, another CRHS English teacher. “It would be pretty easy to tell because AI doesn’t really know the audience, and it doesn’t always match up with the topic and flow of the paper very well.”

Another commonly asked question is if students are actually cheating using ChatGPT, or if teachers are just paranoid of the possibilities. 

“To be honest, I get why teachers are kind of scared,” said CRHS junior, Jesus Perez, “but [ChatGPT] shouldn’t be that big of a deal, and it really isn’t in my opinion.”

“I think that they don’t trust us with the AI. They were born in a different generation, so for example, they don’t understand how we use technology, especially with older generations,” said Canyon Ridge High School sophomore, Gabriel Biberos. “For [teachers], I think that it’s very challenging to understand the way we use technology.”

ChatGPT’s ability to generate text has already been used to develop various applications, including customer service chatbots, virtual assistants, and even content creation. ChatGPT’s advanced language capabilities have already attracted the attention of major corporations and startups alike, who are eager to implement this technology in their own fields.

“ChatGPT represents a major step forward in the development of AI language models,” said OpenAI CEO, Sam Altman. “[ChatGPT’s] ability to generate text that is indistinguishable from that written by a human opens up a world of new possibilities for how we can use this technology to improve our daily lives.”

Despite its impressive abilities, OpenAI stresses the importance of responsible use of this technology. The company has implemented strict guidelines and ethical considerations to ensure that the technology is used in a way that benefits society as a whole.