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Can ChatGPT Write My Essays?

— Future Scientists Club

Chatbot Development | Beyond Key

AI. Machine Learning. ChatGPT. All these words are thrown around in our “tech savvy” society. But what do these words even mean? And what implications do these cutting-edge technologies hold? 

Well, it turns out, these technologies aren’t all that new. In 1966, the first chatbot “Eliza” was developed at M.I.T. In the late 2000s, Intelligent Personal Assistants (IPAs) like Siri and Alexa were created. Fast forward to 2017, a paper called “Attention Is All You Need” introduced the concept of self-attention—the idea that language models can select what parts of the input to pay attention to and give more weight to certain terms they deem keywords. This led to the large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT that we have today.

We all know that ChatGPT can churn out paragraph after paragraph of text and that it can create a response based on simple prompts. But here’s the catch: ChatGPT doesn’t understand a word of what you say. It simply takes in the information you give it, weighs what words are the most important, and spits out what matches in its database of information. ChatGPT determines what words can be output to match the context of your input, but it does not actually comprehend what you are truly asking it to do. So if you input false or misleading prompts, it will most likely output similarly false information.

Now to answer the question we all want to know: Can ChatGPT write my essays? The answer is both yes and no. The scope for text generation is vast, and even GPT-4 doesn’t reach the full potential of generative AI. While GPT-4 is amazing, it isn’t perfect. It lacks the emotion that only we as humans can weave into our essays, and word choice that reflects each of our own personalities. 

AI is rapidly evolving and its widespread use and enhancements are almost impossible to stop, which leaves many wondering about a world dominated by language prediction models. Is this a good thing? Many say yes, citing how bots like these can be used as accessible tutors or assistants, while others share concerns as students rush to use AI as a way to complete assignments without giving thought to what they “wrote.” Although it’s unclear whether the widespread use of AI in society is ultimately a good or bad thing—only time can tell—we should embrace the exciting possibilities of such technology in a responsible and thoughtful way.


References

Hsu, T., & Thompson, S. A. (2023, February 8). Disinformation researchers raise alarms about A.I. Chatbots. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/08/technology/ai-chatbots-disinformation.html#:~:text=When%20researchers%20at%20NewsGuard%20asked,the%20conspiracy%20theorist%20behind%20Infowars 

Ruby, M. (2023, February 16). How ChatGPT works: The models behind the bot. Medium. https://towardsdatascience.com/how-chatgpt-works-the-models-behind-the-bot-1ce5fca96286 

Shum, H., He, X., & Li, D. (2018). From Eliza to xiaoice: Challenges and opportunities with social chatbots. Frontiers of Information Technology & Electronic Engineering, 19(1), 10–26. https://doi.org/10.1631/fitee.1700826 

Vaswani, A., Polosukhin, I., Kaiser, L., Gomez, A. N., Jones, L., Uszkoreit, J., Parmar, N., & Shazeer, N. (2017). Attention Is All You Need. arXiv, abs/1706.03762. https://doi.org/ https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.1706.03762 

Chatbot Development. Beyond Key. (n.d.). https://www.beyondkey.com/technologies/chatbot