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AI Bot ChatGPT Needs Some Help With Math Assignments

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ChatGPT may need a calculator to do more than basic math.

While the bot gets many basic arithmetic questions correct, it stumbles when those questions are written in natural language.

Credit: Maryna Terletska/Getty Images; Ariel Zambelich/The Wall Street Journal

The artificial-intelligence chatbot ChatGPT has shaken educators since its November release. New York City public schools have banned it from their networks and school devices, and professors are revamping syllabi to prevent students from using it to complete their homework. The chatbot's creator, OpenAI, even unveiled a tool to detect text generated by artificial intelligence to prevent abuse from cheaters, spammers and others. 

There is, perhaps surprisingly, one subject area that doesn't seem threatened. It turns out ChatGPT is quite bad at math. 

"I'm not hearing math instructors express concern about it," said Paul von Hippel, a professor at the University of Texas who studies data science and statistics and has written an essay about ChatGPT's mathematical limitations. "I'm not sure it's useful for math at all, which feels strange because mathematics was the first-use case for computing devices.

From The Wall Street Journal
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