While generative AI has the potential to augment your learning at university, it is important to prioritize and uphold the highest standards of academic integrity. Keep in mind that its use comes with both advantages and drawbacks. While it might feel like magic at times, it is essentially a tool that recognizes language patterns very effectively. As with all decision-making, think critically about using AI and recognize that, ultimately, AI is not a responsible entity. The onus, therefore, is on you to uphold ethical standards, verify the information generated by AI, and develop a balanced approach to harnessing its potential.
Points to Remember
Generative AI models do not always produce accurate and truthful information. They can generate content based on learned patterns, but biases in training data, limitations in grasping context, and other factors can lead to the generation of inaccurate or misleading information.
The use of Generative AI in education raises significant privacy concerns.When students interact with AI systems for learning purposes, their data and interactions might be collected, analyzed, and shared by the corporations/companies that own the AI.
Generative AI trained on biased data can amplify or perpetuate those biases.This can result in discriminatory outcomes, possibly reinforcing existing stereotypes and prejudices.
The authorship and copyright of content generated by AI is not always clear.If the input or training data used to train the AI model contains copyrighted material, it is possible that the output data contains the same copyright infringement.
Generative AI models can be used to generate misleading information. Deep fake videos and misinformation can be used to spread false narratives. While AI models themselves are not responsible entities, the individuals who use the information without fact-checking are culpable.
The use of Generative AI can have far-reaching consequences.It can perpetuate bias and discrimination, affect the job market, and inadvertently contribute to the digital divide if access is available to some and not others.
Ultimately, it is your responsibility to be aware of these ethical dilemmas, to carefully consider the implications and to implement strategies that mitigate the potential negative effects of using generative AI in your academic pursuits.
The next section will introduce you to the key academic skills associated with the prevention of academic misconduct and the learning supports that are available to help you develop those skills.
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