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AI Resources for Faculty

This resource is designed to assist faculty in the developing landscape of Artificial Intelligence.

Risks of Using Info from ChatGPT

Information obtained from ChatGPT or other generative AI tools should not be considered a primary source and should be used in conjunction with other sources. Although these tools consolidate web-based content, they are unable to access content locked behind paywalls. This includes the vast majority of scholarly journals and books. This means that AI-generated content relies heavily on free content like blogs and websites that can be highly biased or of questionable accuracy or credibility.

 

Additionally, since AI models can sometimes produce incorrect or biased information, it's crucial to verify information obtained from ChatGPT with other sources before including it in your work. For example, we have found that ChatGPT routinely creates fake citations that look like real citations but do not reference actual works when asked to write a paper with citations.

 

Benefits and Drawbacks of ChatGPT

As good as ChatGPT is with human language, there are many benefits as well as drawbacks to using ChatGTP or other AI apps.

 

Benefits

  • ChatGTP is really good at offering solutions to problem-based questions.
  • It can help organize information, provide rough outlines, draft emails and messages.
  • It can provide language support for global audiences and help overcome language barriers.
  • It can provide general summarization of text.
  • It can be used to simplify complex concepts.
  • It is particularly good at responding to broad prompts.
  • It can frequently retrieve relevant facts.
  • It can create outlines for writing, thus saving time. 
  • It can even write basic stories and poetry.
  • It can admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests.
  • Writing by ChatGPT can be detected; tools are becoming available to help identify it

Drawbacks

  • ChatGPT can answer test question and write essays for individuals.
  • People may rely on ChatGPT too much and misuse the information it provides.
  • Responses tends to be formulaic; it may include incorrect information.
  • It cannot access material behind paywalls like JSTOR.
  • The more narrow and focused a question is on a specific topic, the worse it performs.
  • It does not have access to experiences that are not stored on the Web.
  • It misses literature published after ChatGTP was "trained" in 2021.
  • It does not compare to the creativity of the human mind.
  • It does not have the ability to think critically or independently. 
  • It lacks comprehension and context to the information it provides; it does not know what it is talking about.
  • It can offer inaccurate, biased responses, misinterpretations, introduce errors, and provide unintentional offensive responses.
  • It can make up sources of information
  • It can plagiarize without letting users know about it.
  • It lacks emotional intelligence that humans use to process information.
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