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How does this affect students at OHS

December 21, 2022

Many students have been experimenting with using the chat bot to do things such as doing their homework and writing essays for them. By typing in a simple prompt students can have an essay written for them in less than 30 seconds. Many teachers have talked about this and have questioned if they need to go back to older styles of learning to combat plagiarism and cheating such as in class essay responses. The high school has blocked the website on the school computers but that will not stop the people who use their personal laptops and devices. According to the OHS student handbook, “Students found to have copied sections from books, encyclopedias or off the Internet, and turned this work in as their own, will receive a reduction in grade for that assignment up to a fail.” Senior Noah Wellnitz said, ”I don’t think the AI is very ethical, it’s obviously not your own words and it’s cheating in a way.”

I don’t think the AI is very ethical, it’s obviously not your own words and it’s cheating in a way.”

— Noah Wellnitz

According to LifeArchitect.ai, the makers of ChatGPT have only scratched the surface with what is possible with this bot. It is currently in the GPT3 stage and is expected to be in the GPT4 stage in early 2023. OpenAI is always looking to improve their new technology, “GPT4 is expected to be 500 times larger than the GPT3 version. For comparison GPT4 will have nearly the same amount of parameters as there are synapses in the human brain.”

AI has the potential to revolutionize certain industries and improve  daily lives but it is important to carefully consider the ethical implications and ensure that its development and deployment are done in a responsible and transparent manner. 

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