And why, as a result, writing might actually improve The advent of artificial intelligence (AI)—specifically OpenAI's Chat GPT—may improve the quality of life for some, but it is also a weighty source of concern for many others. Though its potential to streamline many menial tasks is certainly impressive, I fear that AI is swiftly becoming the preferred method of shortcutting what makes education worthwhile: the process of learning. It is natural to avoid unnecessary struggle, but eventually we must contend with the fact that struggle itself is the impetus for learning. By removing that struggle and allowing AI to take over some of the less interesting components of education, we may be ushering in an era of academic stagnation. As I write this, I am well aware of my perspective as an English major. I likely have a greater-than-average appreciation for language and a simultaneous awareness of my major's perceived inutility in the modern world. I concede that my perspective may be more pessimistic than is warranted. Undoubtedly, AI is being used in creative and worthwhile ways. It is also true that even prior to the development of AI—which might make students feel that the skill of writing is not as important as it once was—the decline of the English major's popularity was well documented. Nevertheless, AI's arrival should be cause for concern for more than just English majors. AI is threatening to take over the quintessentially important craft of basic writing. Already, students are using AI to write […]
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