Elon Musk claims AI programme ChatGPT will make homework redundant as students ... trends now
Could artificial intelligence (AI) put an end to homework forever? Elon Musk certainly thinks so.
That's because the new AI chatbot ChatGPT is reportedly able to quickly produce unique assignments in a style of writing dictated by the user.
As a result, students across the world could use it to do their homework for them without the teacher ever knowing.
Elon Musk (pictured) has claimed artificial intelligence programme ChatGPT will be able to fool teachers thanks to its eerily human-like responses
The billionaire boss tweeted 'It's a new world. Goodbye homework!' in response to an article about the New York City Department of Education blocking ChatGPT on school devices
ChatGPT is a large language model that has been trained on a massive amount of text data, allowing it to generate eerily human-like text in response to a given prompt
OpenAI says its ChatGPT model has been trained using a machine learning technique called Reinforcement Learning from Human Feedback (RLHF).
This can simulate dialogue, answer follow-up questions, admit mistakes, challenge incorrect premises and reject inappropriate requests.
It responds to text prompts from users and can be asked to write essays, lyrics for songs, stories, marketing pitches, scripts, complaint letters and even poetry.
Officials from the US department confirmed the ban earlier this week, citing 'negative impacts on student learning, and concerns regarding the safety and accuracy of content' to Chalkbeat New York.
'While the tool may be able to provide quick and easy answers to questions, it does not build critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, which are essential for academic and lifelong success,' added department spokesperson Jenna Lyle.
ChatGPT has been trained on a huge sample of text from the internet, and can understand human language, conduct conversations with humans and generate detailed text.
Last month, it was reported that a student at Furman University in South Carolina had used ChatGPT to write an essay.
Their philosophy professor, Dr Darren Hick, wrote on Facebook that they were the 'first plagiarist' he'd caught using the programme.
He noted that there were a number of red flags that alerted him to its use including that the essay 'made no sense' and that ChatGPT 'sucks at citing'.
However, he also warned that it was a 'game-changer' and that education professionals should 'expect a flood' of students following suit.
Kevin Bryan, an associate professor of strategic management at the University of Toronto, said he was 'shocked' by the capabilities of ChatGPT after he tested it by having the AI write numerous exam answers.
'You can no longer give take-home exams/homework,' he said at the start of a thread detailing the AI's abilities.
ChatGPT has been trained on a gigantic sample of text from the internet, and can understand human language, conduct conversations with humans and generate detailed text
OpenAI was founded in late 2015 by Mr Musk, CEO Sam Altman, and others, who collectively pledged $1 billion (£816,000). Mr Musk resigned from the board in February 2018 but remained a donor, and has referred to its chatbot 'scary good'
The version of the bot available for public testing attempts to understand questions posed by users and responds with in-depth answers resembling human-written text in a conversational format.
Experts say a tool like ChatGPT could be used in real-world applications such as digital marketing, online content creation, answering customer service queries or as some users have found, even to help debug code.
More than one million people signed up in the first five days it was released, an engagement level that took Facebook and Spotify months to achieve.
It is available to use again now on OpenAI's website.
In the UK, headteachers could soon receive official guidance to help them stop pupils using it to write their essays and exam coursework.
Tory MP Luke Evans raised the issue in the Commons before the recess by reading a speech which had been written by the