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OpenAI's ChatGPT Raises Alarm Over Student Cheating

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There is widespread concern that students will use OpenAI's ChatGPT to cheat on assignments.

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OpenAI's ChatGPT artificial intelligence software could be used by students to cheat on written assignments, university representatives say. The large language model can produce text that imitates academic work and can reply to questions by predicting the next plausible word in a sequence. However, ChatGPT often generates incorrect answers and fake references.

Developers at Turnitin, whose software is used by thousands of schools worldwide to identify plagiarism, are working on a tool that would help educators assess work featuring "traces" of AI-assisted writing. Research has found that students' use of online tools does not translate into better grades.

"Students are not going to be getting automatic As by submitting AI-generated content," says Kay Firth-Butterfield, head of artificial intelligence at the World Economic Forum. "It is more of a workhorse than Einstein."

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