OpenAI debuts 'imperfect' tool to catch ChatGPT-generated academic cheating, misinformation

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OpenAI's ingeniously human-like chat bot ChatGPT can write smart essays and even pass college entrance exams, putting it in the crosshairs of school districts and universities. On Tuesday, OpenAI rolled out a tool it hopes will help ease concerns that it has unleashed the greatest machine for cheating and academic dishonesty ever gifted to unscrupulous students. The new tool, AI Text Classifier, is designed to help educators identify content that was created by ChatGPT, not their students.

But the tool isn't foolproof, OpenAI warned in a blog post Tuesday. The AI Text Classifier's method for detecting AI-generated text "is imperfect and it will be wrong sometimes," OpenAI's Jan Leike told The Associated Press. "Because of that, it shouldn't be solely relied upon when making decisions." In fact, "we don't fundamentally know what kind of pattern it pays attention to, or how it works internally," Leike said. "There's really not much we could say at this point about how the classifier actually works."

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