ChatGPT maker launches AI detection tool after school districts complain about cheating
OpenAI, the San Francisco-based research firm behind ChatGPT, says it has released a new tool to help distinguish between AI-written text and human-written text.
The firm announced the release of an initial version of the release on Tuesday, and said it aims to collect feedback and share improved methods in the future.
The creators of ChatGPT warned that it is impossible to reliably detect all AI-written texts. However, the firm believes that good classifiers can help flag automated misinformation campaigns, position an AI chatbot as human, and use AI tools for academic dishonesty.
The “Al Text Classifier̵[ads1]7;s” launch comes after a week of discussions in schools and colleges over fears that ChatGPT’s ability to type just about anything on command could fuel academic dishonesty and hinder learning.
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Teenagers and students were among the millions of people who began experimenting with ChatGPT after it was launched on November 30 as a free application on OpenAI’s website. And while many found ways to use it creatively and harmlessly, the ease with which it could answer test questions and help with other tasks sparked panic among some teachers.
As schools opened for the new year, New York City, Los Angeles and other major public school districts began blocking its use in classrooms and on school devices.
The longer the passage of text, the better the tool to detect whether an AI or a human has written something. Type in any text—a college admissions essay, or a literary analysis of Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man”—and the tool will label it as either “very unlikely, unlikely, unclear, possibly, or likely” AI – generated.
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But just like ChatGPT itself, which was trained on a large selection of digitized books, newspapers and online writings, but often confidently spits out falsehoods or nonsense, it is not easy to interpret how it arrived at a result.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.