Teachers and professors are suffering from a spike in cases of American students cheating using artificial intelligence. 

Recently, the Washington Post (WP) reported that teachers are on alert as more college students and middle and high school students are using artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots launched a few weeks ago in the United States to do homework and take tests. 

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▲ Artificial intelligence AI chatbot 'ChatGPT' 

The recently released artificial intelligence AI chatbot is 'ChatGPT', and it was launched by OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research institute founded by Elon Musk and others in 2015.  

This chatbot analyzes the vast amount of information on the Internet and learns the format and characteristics of proper writing, so it can send and receive messages or create sentences as if it were conversing with a real person. 

In particular, 'ChatGPT' can write higher-level and more diverse texts than existing AI chatbots, so even if students use it for writing homework or taking online exams, it is difficult for evaluators to notice it as plagiarism or cheating.

As soon as ChatGPT was released, it received an explosion of interest, with more than a million people using it within days, and opinions are divided in the educational community.  

Some educators in “moral panic… considering options”

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According to the WP, a college student asked ChatGPT during the computer science online exam and submitted the answer as it was, and said that he would use this method in the future. 

"It's the professor's responsibility to create problems that AI can't answer better," she said. 

As the number of students using AI chatbots increased rapidly, some professors and teachers said they were considering various ways to consider the possibility of cheating, saying it was a "moral panic." 

In short, rather than having students fill out answer sheets by hand in a classroom or write down facts that anyone can find on the Internet, AI can imitate them, such as creating problems that require analytical reasoning and creative thinking to solve. It means that you have to evaluate in the direction that there is no. 

In fact, we confirmed that the AI ​​chatbot's answers were less accurate and persuasive when we asked sophisticated questions such as 'How did Frederick Douglass, who advocated the abolition of slavery in the United States at the time, come to speak against slavery?'  

In response, some professors expressed skepticism, saying that artificial intelligence cannot replace 'writing', which requires human analytical reasoning and sophisticated thinking skills. 

"The writing process changes our knowledge," said Joshua Wilson, associate professor at the University of Delaware's School of Education. If we only write down the final answer, we will be completely lost." 

Another educator: "Artificial intelligence is just a tool for learning" 

On the other hand, some showed a favorable attitude toward these artificial intelligence chatbots.  

"This technology is a great opportunity to talk about why it's so important for students to think more deeply about the challenges they've been given and to come up with wholesome answers," said Joshua Eyler, an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi.

He explained, "It's like a calculator for teaching writing. Just as calculators changed the way we teach math, chatbots teach writing in a similar way."

“What if using chatbots to write marketing copy actually works,” says educational publisher Michael Feldstein. claimed. 

Meanwhile, as educators are considering ways to coexist with artificial intelligence, companies that sell some plagiarism detection programs have begun developing programs that can identify texts written by AI. 

Scott Aaronson, a visiting researcher at OpenAI, said, “To prevent (chatbot) misuse, companies are exploring different ways to differentiate between bot-generated text and real (human-written) text.”

When we asked the actual chatbot how to 'deal with cheating', it answered:  

It is also important to educate students about the repercussions of cheating, conduct proctored tests, make questions more sophisticated, and guide students so that they do not feel the need to cheat,

” he suggested. 

" Above all

, it's important for teachers to clearly communicate with students about their expectations of them and take steps to prevent cheating,

" he said, adding that chatbots " help create a (class) culture of honesty and integrity in the classroom."

It could be

,” he added. 

(Photo = 'OPENAI' website capture, 'The Washington Post' homepage)