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There are 6 comments on Why ChatGPT Is Both Exciting and Unsettling for Students, Faculty

  1. The use of ChatGPT in academic writing cannot be considered plagiarism as the text does not physically exist before it is generated and is legally the property of the ChatGPT user, not anyone else. In their terms of use, Open AI states:

    a) Your Content. You may provide input to the Services (“Input”), and receive output generated and returned by the Services based on the Input (“Output”). Input and Output are collectively “Content.” As between the parties and to the extent permitted by applicable law, you own all Input, and subject to your compliance with these Terms, OpenAI hereby assigns to you all its right, title and interest in and to Output. OpenAI may use Content as necessary to provide and maintain the Services, comply with applicable law, and enforce our policies. You are responsible for Content, including for ensuring that it does not violate any applicable law or these Terms.


  2. There’s something sad about our University making such a fuss about a new software product. I tried registering for CDS’s associated “Learning to Think after ChatGPT” this morning, and it has been sold out and, apparently, there are no plans to have remote access on Zoom or any other such platform. Without any serious definition of what human intelligence is, for comparison, or some serious discussion about the underlying algorithms, this all seems sounds like the consequence of a University that is scared of how to “sell its brand” while trying to game the rankings in US News and World Report, while losing sight of what society counts on universities to do. I’m so glad I learned to think *before* ChatGPT.

  3. Great post! I appreciate the effort you put into explaining the topic in a clear and concise manner. It’s really helpful for someone like me who is new to this subject. Thank you!

  4. Introducing ChatGPT into the academic environment is an inevitable step forward. ChatGPT has the potential to effectively support both lecturers and students in teaching, learning and research.

    However, ChatGPT also has the potential for abuse, such as academic fraud. Therefore, universities need to develop appropriate strategies and policies to monitor and guide students for the right purposes.

    At the same time, it is also necessary to review and reevaluate the current training system and teaching methods to continue promoting humanistic values and fostering critical thinking for students. Those are the key factors that determine training quality.

    In general, the application of AI in general and ChatGPT in particular in higher education requires careful and comprehensive consideration to take full advantage of the benefits it brings.

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