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Library General Reference: Artificial Intelligence: ChatGPT

What is ChatGPT?

From ChatGPT's creator, OpenAI: 

Introducing ChatGPT

FAQ’s about ChatGPT

From Ditch That Textbook:

ChatGPT, Chatbots and Artificial Intelligence in Education

From Inside Higher Ed: 

Freaking Out About ChatGPT—Part I

From MLA-CCCC Joint Task Force on Writing and AI: 

Quick Start Guide to AI and Writing 

ChatGPT and AI Hallucinations

AI aren't all-knowing, and they aren't searching the internet for answers as they go - they can only answer questions based on the information they got as training data.

But AI are more than happy to make up articles and even citations that look right, and will then even insist to you that they are real.

This is AI Hallucination. 

So be very cautious of information you get from an AI, even if it hands you really nice looking citations to go with it, and always verify information and citations yourself. 

Some Examples: 

Search or Fabrication, from AI Weirdness - Bing's ChatGPT-powered chat tab makes up an entire blog post, and then insists it's real. 

Artificial Intelligence Not Yet Intelligent Enough to be a Trusted Research Aid, from The Scholarly Kitchen - ChatGPT helpfully invents entire books 

ChatGPT Samples:

Here are a couple of sample writing prompts I gave to ChatGPT, and the responses it gave me. 

My Prompt:

Write a horror story

ChatGPT response:

It was a dark and stormy night when Emily decided to take the shortcut through the old, abandoned graveyard. She had heard the rumors about the place, of course, but she didn't believe in ghosts. As she hurried through the gates, the wind picked up and the rain began to pour harder.
Suddenly, Emily felt a cold hand on her shoulder. She turned to see a figure standing behind her, its eyes glowing in the darkness. She tried to run, but her feet seemed rooted to the ground. The figure leaned in closer and Emily could see that it was a skeleton, its bony fingers now wrapped around her arm.
She let out a bloodcurdling scream as the skeleton began to drag her towards a nearby grave. Emily knew that this was the end, that she would be doomed to spend eternity in this cursed place. And as the darkness closed in around her, she could hear the faint sound of laughter, the laughter of the dead.

My Prompt:

Write a short horror story in the style of Stephen King

ChatGPT Response: 

It was a hot, sticky summer when the clown came to town. Kids all over were talking about it, how it was going to be the best birthday party ever. But there was something about the clown that made my skin crawl.
I tried to warn my little brother, Jake, not to go to the party. But he was only eight and he loved clowns. He begged and begged until I finally gave in.
The party was at a big, old circus tent on the edge of town. As soon as we walked in, I knew something was off. The clown, with its painted-on smile and dead, soulless eyes, seemed to be watching me. But Jake was having the time of his life, so I tried to shake off the feeling of dread.
As the night went on, the games got weirder and the clown's tricks turned more and more sinister. And then, the worst thing happened. The clown called Jake up on stage to participate in a "magic" trick. As I watched in horror, the clown pulled out a knife and sliced my little brother's throat.
I tried to run, but the clown was too fast. It tackled me to the ground and whispered in my ear, "You're next."
I woke up in a cold sweat, my heart pounding in my chest. It was all just a nightmare, but the memory of that clown still haunts me to this day.

Responding to ChatGPT in the Classroom:

Detecting ChatGPT

In an effort to get ahead of students trying to use AI to write assignments, we are seeing a wave of ChatGPT detectors. 

While useful, keep in mind that many of these detectors don't t catch all AI generated text, and that they can identify as AI-written text that is written by a person. 


Crossplag's AI Content Detector 


Turnitin’s AI Writing Detection Capabilities

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