Universities are advising students that using artificial intelligence (AI) to finish essays could result in sanctions.
Steve West, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West of England (UWE), advised, "Don't take the chance.".
It happens after an ex-student of the University of Bristol tried using the ChatGPT bot to obtain a 2:2 on one of his prior essay questions.
"I completed it in two weeks and received a score of 65 percent. It's alarming that ChatGPT was 12 marks off, said Pieter Snepvangers.
Using data from the internet, ChatGPT, which responds to users in a conversational manner, gives questions convincingly human responses.
One of Mr. Snepvangers' former professors, who was fully aware that the essay was produced using artificial intelligence, gave it a grade of 53 percent.
The student used a bot to generate a 3,500-word essay after asking it ten questions. He then spent ten minutes formatting the essay for the experiment.
ChatGPT didn't generate in-text referencing, but Mr. Snepvangers claimed that if he had, he would have received a high 2:2 or 2:1.
Although he claimed that the English was convincing, it frequently avoided addressing the actual question.
"Can you picture what the software will be like by the third year for students starting university now?
Universities need to "wake up" and figure out how to modify their exams, according to Mr. Snepvangers.
Four out of the 33 essays submitted for one module this year, according to his lecturer, "looked fishy from an AI perspective.". " .
"ChatGPT's unauthorized use, like that of other chatbots or artificial intelligence software, would be considered a form of cheating under our assessment regulations," a University of Bristol spokesperson said. ".
Since its December launch, ChatGPT has experienced tremendous growth in popularity.
It can predict how to string words together because it has been trained on a lot of data.
Due to the fact that it creates a completely original response to each question, it can be challenging to detect using conventional anti-plagiarism software.
Steve West, vice chancellor of the University of the West of England, admitted to playing around with the program after warning students that using AI to generate essays would be an "assessment offence.".
"I asked a question about a challenging surgical procedure because I'm a foot surgeon by training, and it responded with an answer.
"I would never use that response to perform that surgery.
Although we can't put technology back in the bottle, its limitations must be recognized.
However, academic staff members are intelligent and will recognize its abuse. He told the students, "You're smarter than that; you don't need to do it.