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Univ. Prof.: Students Using AI Chatbots to Plagiarize Essays

'ChatGPT responds in seconds with a response that looks like it was written by a human—moreover, a human with a good sense of grammar and an understanding of how essays should be structured...'

(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) A Furman University philosophy professor has warned his colleagues that cheating and plagiarizing students in college will likely turn to artificial intelligence in the coming years, the Daily Wire reported.

Darren Hick, the professor who issued the warning, has already encountered at least one student attempting to use AI to do his homework for him.

According to Hick, the work of the computer was easy to detect given the shoddiness of the paper, which lacked substance and understanding. He did note, however, that he believes that AI will improve and become less recognizable.

“Today, I turned in the first plagiarist I’ve caught using A.I. software to write her work, and I thought some people might be curious about the details,” he wrote on Facebook.

The student, according to Hicks, had used the AI chat website called ChatGPT to complete his assignment on the thought of philosopher David Hume.

“ChatGPT responds in seconds with a response that looks like it was written by a human—moreover, a human with a good sense of grammar and an understanding of how essays should be structured,” Hick wrote.

Although the AI bot wrote a coherent paper, however, it failed to accurately address the prompt.

“In my case, the first indicator that I was dealing with A.I. is that, despite the syntactic coherence of the essay, it made no sense,” Hick said. “The essay confidently and thoroughly described Hume’s views on the paradox of horror in a way that was thoroughly wrong.”

According to Hicks, if college administrations do not begin to address the matter, they could have a big mess on their hands.

“Administrations are going to have to develop standards for dealing with these kinds of cases, and they’re going to have to do it FAST,” he concluded. “It’s going to catch on. It would have taken my student about 5 minutes to write this essay using ChatGPT. Expect a flood, people, not a trickle.”

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