Since the recent arrival of several consumer applications such as ChatGPT, artificial intelligence (A.I.) has been on everyone’s lips for a few years now. Whether it is the publication of photos or illustrations generated through A.I., or the use of multimedia synthesis techniques using A.I. such as deepfake to create content made by creating fake videos, A.I. can initially entertain, but can also cause feelings of concern.
What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is a free program (for now) developed by OpenAI, an American company, created in 2015 by Elon Musk and Sam Altman, which specializes in artificial reasoning. The main objective of this program is to generate text using artificial intelligence in order to create almost instantaneous responses on demand. It is also possible, through the program, to write complete articles, translate texts into several languages, solve mathematical equations, or maintain conversations in writing in a completely discursive way as humans would normally do.
How is ChatGPT used?
Said program is available on the official ChatGPT website, which is accessible on a web browser such as Firefox, Safari, or Chrome. It can be accessed either on a computer or on a smartphone. In order to use ChatGPT, it is first necessary to create an account by entering your information such as your name, date of birth and email address, which you will then need to validate through an account validation link that you will receive in your mailbox. Then you are invited to use the elaborate program in the form of a “chat” in which you may ask any question that comes to mind. Your queries can be as elaborate as they can be simple, and you can also chat with ChatGPT since it is a conversational program. The program also remembers the prior questions you asked and can even bounce off them afterwards. For example, you can ask ChatGPT to tell you a story with the voice of your favorite fictional character (cartoons, movies, video games), summarize a topic of your choice, or suggest a recipe with all the ingredients you have at home. In addition, with ChatGPT, it is possible to perfect your questions so that the answer given is as accurate as possible. It is also possible to save your past conversations and come back to them later.
How does ChatGPT generate its responses?
In order to create its answers, ChatGPT is powered by a mix of supervised learning (from a database labelled with different categorized categories) and reinforcement learning (from experience autonomously) continuously. The program copies and reworks information from the Internet. The sources from which the original information originated are not cited. This is a constantly updated tool, so errors or a lack of answers to certain questions can sometimes be noticed.
Why is ChatGPT banned from educational and academic institutions?
ChatGPT, or any other similar tool using artificial intelligence for writing purposes, is prohibited in schools and academic institutions in order to prevent plagiarism. Due to the simplified accessibility of these programs and the possibilities conferred on the writing of texts, a growing number of students use them to write academic essays without actually writing them. For example, one person asks ChatGPT to write in 500 words an argumentative text about the legitimacy of using ChatGPT in educational institutions. The program will then write the text in just a few seconds. It is imperative to note, however, that plagiarism detection tools such as Turnitin are now able to detect the majority of texts written by AI-powered tools.