Artificial intelligence is increasingly present in university education. Many colleges and universities are considering using chatbots like ChatGPT from the American company OpenAI.
For example, Australian colleges have had to use more manual methods through exams written in the student’s handwriting. In this way, they avoid using this type of application where Artificial Intelligence makes the system generate a complete text employing a simple question or phrase.
So, one of AI’s three new roles in colleges is that it adapts as a mixture between teacher and assistant, facilitating all the tasks to the student. While it is true that this is a present from which there is no escape, experts believe it is a situation that must be problematized to prevent it from getting out of control soon.
Experts assure that artificial intelligence cannot simply be turned off from one day to the next. Therefore, it should be thought of more as a tool that allows learning to be strengthened rather than the opposite. Just as Wikipedia or Google was initially shown as a shortcut to academic tasks, today, the same thing is happening with ChatGPT or similar.
An interesting role that some educators are already using is to ask students to take a text created by the AI application but then make an improved version. Another role of artificial intelligence in colleges is as a tool that allows students to deepen a piece of writing to work on their comprehension and analysis skills.
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On the other hand, not all IA roles can be distinguished as positive. Remember that it is not a human who is developing the text. Therefore, in some cases, they may issue a comment with inaccurate or discriminatory data against some social minority. Of course, this is also an issue that will depend on the creativity of the university and those who are part of it.
But in particular, these roles must be exposed, understood, and accepted. Artificial intelligence in applications such as ChatGPT or Google’s Bard program also calls on teachers and the education sector to become aware of a problem already present.
Many positive uses can be made of it. However, experts must understand the present to know what it is for and how they can make the most of each role for the good of education.
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The role of AI in social media
Just as universities have already begun to understand the role of AI in colleges, social networks, such as LinkedIn, have also decided to introduce an “AI-powered conversation starters” feature.
The idea is to promote conversations among members of the platform. Suzi Owens, a LinkedIn spokesperson, reported that “the bodies of the articles are powered by AIs created and constantly refined by the company’s editorial team.” These are mechanisms that each sector of society must know and understand to add to their space, always avoiding that the generation of content is verified.