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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman recently warned schools and policymakers not to rely too heavily on AI-based plagiarism detection tools. In an interview, Altman acknowledged that OpenAI is working to develop ways to detect ChatGPT plagiarism but cautioned that creating tools that perfectly detect AI plagiarism is fundamentally impossible. This announcement serves as a reminder that relying on technology to detect plagiarism may not be the most reliable approach.
What did Sam Altman say in the interview?
In an interview with StrictlyVC’s Connie Loizos, Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, said that the company behind the buzzy AI chatbot ChatGPT will develop ways to help schools discover AI plagiarism.
He warned, however, that it is impossible to create perfect AI plagiarism detection tools.
Altman said that people have always integrated new technologies into their lives, such as calculators in math class, and that AI can generate more positive impact for users down the line. He encouraged schools and national policymakers to adapt to generative AI rather than relying on watermarking technologies and other techniques that attempt to label content generated by ChatGPT.
Altman believes that using ChatGPT can be a more engaging way to learn and that it has the potential to be an incredible personal tutor for each kid. He is confident that technology will improve over time and prevent unintended consequences.
He concluded his remarks by saying that we all need to adapt to generative AI and will ultimately be better off for it.
Why is it impossible to create perfect AI plagiarism detection tools?
Sam Altman CEO of OpenAI explained that even though OpenAI heard from teachers who are understandably nervous about ChatGPT, people have long been integrating new technologies into their lives — and into the classroom — and those technologies will only generate more positive impact for users down the line.
Altman added that although OpenAI will experiment with watermarking technologies and other techniques to label content generated by ChatGPT, fundamentally it is impossible to make perfect AI plagiarism detection tools. He said that people will figure out how much of the text they have to change or modify to get around any anti-plagiarism measures.
Due to ChatGPT’s popularity, Altman believes generative AI must be adapted to the world.
What should schools and policymakers do instead?
According to an interview with the CEO of OpenAI, the company will try to find a way to help schools combat AI plagiarism, but it cannot guarantee that this goal will be achieved. In response to bans from schools such as the New York City Public Schools and the Seattle Public School system, Altman stressed that people have long been integrating new technologies into their lives and classrooms and that these technologies will only generate more positive impact for users down the line.
Rather than relying on AI plagiarism detection tools, Altman suggests that schools and national policymakers should adapt to generative AI technology and its potential benefits. For example, OpenAI has heard from teachers that ChatGPT can be an unbelievable personal tutor for each kid and can be a more engaging way to learn. The company will experiment with watermarking technologies and other techniques to label content generated by ChatGPT, though they caution against depending on these tools to perfectly detect plagiarism.
Ultimately, Altman believes that this is an evolving world and that we’ll all adapt to it and be better off for it. He believes that the world must embrace generative AI technology and its potential benefits, rather than be scared away from it.
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This article was originally published on medium on 21’s of January 2023.