Study finds ChatGPT’s academic writing can be detected by AI tools due to its formulaic style.

A recent study conducted by researchers from Plymouth Marjon University and the University of Plymouth in the UK has found that even though the content generated by ChatGPT is more sophisticated than that produced by previous AI innovations, it is still relatively formulaic and can be detected by existing AI-detection tools. The researchers emphasized that this should serve as a warning for universities to think about ways to explain and minimize academic dishonesty. ChatGPT, a Large Language Machine (LLM), has the potential to revolutionize research and education, but it has also raised concerns about academic honesty and plagiarism.

To address these concerns, the study encouraged ChatGPT to generate academic-style content using a series of prompts and questions. The text generated by ChatGPT was then ordered and structured according to the prompts, and genuine references were inserted throughout. The researchers only revealed this process in the discussion section of the academic paper, which they wrote themselves without the input of the software.

Despite its potential benefits for academics, AI developments like ChatGPT pose significant challenges for the academic community. The lead author of the study, Professor Debby Cotton of Plymouth Marjon University, stated that AI should enable academics to automate administrative tasks, allowing them to spend more time working with students. However, banning AI is not a long-term solution, as it is already widely accessible to students outside academic institutions.

The use of AI is becoming the expected norm, and universities must adapt to this paradigm shift. The challenge for educators is to ensure that students understand how to use these tools ethically and to assess their performance accurately. Overall, the study suggests that AI innovations like ChatGPT can help universities rethink what they want their students to learn and why.

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In summary, the study indicates that existing AI-detection tools can pick up on academic content produced by ChatGPT, despite its sophistication. Thus, universities must find ways to minimize academic dishonesty among students. The use of AI in academia is becoming more widespread, and while it offers opportunities to redefine what students learn, it also presents significant challenges. AI innovations like ChatGPT can help educators automate administrative tasks, allowing them to focus more on teaching.

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