Someone asked me for a paragraph on some of my concerns about ChatGPT. Here it is, in case their article or post doesn't materialize:
Yes, I am concerned about ChatGPT, for many reasons. We know that some students cheat in classes, or try to cheat in classes, by plagiarism: by submitting work that's cut and pasted from the internet, or from files that they sometimes say they "borrowed" from other students, or even hiring someone to do custom work for them. This already happens (how much and how often? I don't know the details on that; and I don't know if anyone has reliable data; do they?), and ChatGPT is just another, perhaps better way to do that, since can create "custom" work for a student to submit that's harder to detect as illegitimate.
So ChatGPT is basically just a better tool to meet current demands for not doing the work and not making a responsible attempt at effectively engaging in the learning activities a course presents.
My long-term concern is that we are going to have more and more people who are credentialed as being knowledgeable and skilled in various areas, yet much of their credentials have been gained by this type of cheating and dishonesty, and so we are going to have even more credentaled, but incompetent or less-competent, people in the workforce and, worse, as leaders. Ignorance isn't bliss for the rest of us, and ChatGPT makes concealing ignorance harder, which is bad for us all.
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