In recent years, the world has seen a newfound interest in artificial intelligence. New developments have created powerful AI that can do anything, from generating a realistic photo to writing a full movie script in only a few seconds. 

German-American computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum originally created AI in 1966. The original purpose of AI was to act as a therapist, which was capable of mimicking human emotions and creating connections with patients. 

A student that uses ChatGPT regularly is essentially opting out of education. Being able to auto-generate an essay destroys the purpose of attempting to understand the material being taught or forming any new ideas. Independent thinking is essential in education, and it’s clearly limited by ChatGPT. 

ChatGPT is a relatively new kind of AI, only being created in November of 2022. Despite this, it has spread rapidly through schools around the world. The program is currently able to write 1,000 to 3,000 words within seconds, a process that would take the average student at least a week of critical thinking and analysis. 

Although this seems like a student’s dream, it may be doing more harm than good. 

ChatGPT operates by collecting data from sites on the internet and squeezing it into a readable, but hollow response. The program is unable to understand context, fact-check its sources or answer any complex questions, besides “Write me an essay about ____.” 

ChatGPT is also unable to understand any of the text it’s producing, therefore creating an essay that lacks the one thing that makes writing special: the writer’s opinion. 

On the other side of the argument, scholars are working to find a way for ChatGPT to be useful in the education system. Using ChatGPT to generate study guides or quickly search the internet for information has been mentioned. 

This doesn’t change the fact, however, that ChatGPT isn’t able to distinguish misinformation from trustworthy sources. Students also learn important skills from researching information and creating study guides on their own. 

Education would be much better off without the use of AI all together. 

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