In November 2022, Open AI released ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) tool programmed to answer virtually any question in seconds. The chat box can respond naturally and conversationally, attracting over 100 million active members only two months after its launch. As the new technology increases in popularity for its information capabilities, it has also raised new questions about how students might utilize it in academic settings. GPT stands for Generative Pre-training Transformer. A transformer model can process large data and perform natural language processing tasks. But what makes ChatGPT unique is its ability to carry out entire conversations in an almost human-like way. ChatGPT has circulated academic circles, dinner-time conversations, and student study sessions. In addition, ChatGPT has a wide range of expertise — the technology made headlines for passing the Bar exam, medical licensing exams, and most recently, a Wharton MBA exam. Both faculty and students had favorable impressions of the application but also earnest suggestions on effectively integrating ChatGPT without compromising student learning. In an interview with The Phoenix, Adam Karakra '24 mentioned that he first learned about the app from his friends and was urged to enter a few prompts. “I asked [ChatGPT] to do ridiculous things like write me a story about George Bush and Elon Musk. And it did. I even put some past homework questions in and [ChatGPT] solved those pretty accurately […]
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