Here is the full text and summary of Natasha Berg’s talk titled “Should We Let Students Use ChatGPT?” at TEDxSioux Falls conference.
Listen to the audio version here:
This past December, I was sitting around a table having lunch with some English teachers when one of them started sharing how she had recently caught a student cheating on an essay using this new form of artificial intelligence called ChatGPT. She watched in awe, astonishment, and a bit of mild horror as this program constructed an entire essay for the student with the click of a button.
The initial reaction around the table was disbelief. There is no way that AI can write a quality essay. Naturally curious, I whipped out my laptop to test it out. All of us watched in shock as this AI program constructed a well-written analysis essay right before our eyes in a matter of seconds. If you’ve ever wondered how to induce an immediate existential crisis amongst a group of English teachers, yeah, that’s how.
While there are dozens of text-generative AI programs out there, OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which was released to the public this past November, is the most well-known. Since its release, ChatGPT has been featured on almost every major news station and even made it to the cover of Time magazine in February.
This program caught the world by storm because it was ten times smarter than the version that had come before it. ChatGPT is what is known as a large language model, which is essentially a network of neural pathway connections that allows the program to learn and become more accurate in its responses over time.