In the ever-changing technological environment, advancement is bringing up new horizons to access information, encompass knowledge, and transform learning.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) based Text Generators ushered an era of learning through the digital world or digitalized world of learning.
These AI-based text generators are posing serious threats to students learning, nevertheless, they have advantages as well.
The United Nations Educational, Social and Educational Organization (UNESCO) devised some principles for using Artificial Intelligence tools.
What are Artificial Intelligence Text Generators
The concept of learning through machines started in 1956 when algorithms are used to interpret data and take some action or complete a task.
AI is basically referred to as a kind of superintelligence, computer code that displays some form of intelligence, learning, and problem-solving.
AI is the development of computers; the aim of such intelligence is to complete tasks that could be accomplished through human intelligence.
The tools that are continuously being employed in the education sector are extracted from Google searches that provide different platforms such as citation generators, grammar checkers, and plagiarism checkers.
Some of the examples are Grammarly, Canva, and Quillbot, or as complex as generating entire lesson plans using ChatGPT, Curipod, or Yippity.
These tools enable people to generate information more quickly. The more complex an AI, the more human-like outcomes it produces.
Positive and Negative Implications of AI Text Generators
|Helps generate ideas, and provides a structure and form that could be reworked to include more complex details.||Potential for inappropriate and misuse by students e.g., cheating.|
|Helps in developing written materials previously validated including scripts, examples, test questions, or even case analysis to be discussed in class.||Limited knowledge of world events that happened after 2021, and might generate biased, and nonsensical research papers.|
|Helps with the mechanics of writing e.g., developing language skills, and abilities through conversational interactions with the chatbot.||Could not replace the unique perspective, ideas, and insights that a human mind can bring to their work.|
|Helps in the provision of feedback on writing style.||Undermines the inherent value of the writing process.|
Academicians, teachers, and instructors have concerns that the use of such AI-based text generators would provide a platform for students to complete assignments and homework without using their mental and research skills.
This is a threat to academic integrity, learning abilities, critical thinking, research, and writing.
Measures to detect the use of AI Text Generators
In order to distinguish between a text written by a human and a text written by an AI one is encouraged to take the following measures:
- Look for repetitive, or formulaic language patterns.
- Check for grammatical errors, as AI systems may make mistakes.
- Check for coherence, as AI systems may struggle to generate coherent, and consistent text over long passages.
- Look for unnatural phrasing and word choice.
- Check for contextual awareness and understanding, as AI systems may lack a human’s background knowledge and experience.
UNESCO’s Principles for the Ethical use of Artificial Intelligence
Adopt Harmless Practices
The AI Systems must not be used to harm individual and collective efforts, and also pose no harm to the social, cultural, economic, natural, or political milieu.
AI system must be operated in a manner that would respect, protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Defined Purpose, Necessity, and Proportionality
The use of AI systems must be justified in the context of purpose, necessity, and proportionality.
Ensure Safety and Security
The use of AI Systems must ensure the safety and security of any risks occurred needs to be addressed and mitigate accordingly.
Fairness and non-discrimination
The AI Systems must use to promote fairness, equality, and non-discriminatory practices.
The AI Systems must be deployed, designed, and executed that ensures inclusiveness, interdisciplinary, and participatory approach.
Right to Privacy
The AI Systems must be subject to the right to privacy, data protection, and data governance.
The use of AI Systems must aim to ensure and promote environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
Human Autonomy and Oversight
The use of AI Systems must not override the freedom and autonomy of human beings and guarantee human oversight.
Transparency, Responsibility, and Accountability
The AI Systems use must be transparent and place appropriate oversight, assessment of impact, and audit and due diligence mechanisms.
*The writer is a Fellow at The Diplomatic Insight, published by the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies
*The views presented by the author do not reflect the position of The Diplomatic Insight. Nor does The Diplomatic Insight bear any responsibility for the accuracy of the information cited.