Don’t Use A.I. to Cheat in School. It’s Better for Studying.

Hello! We’re back with another bonus edition of On Tech: A.I., a pop-up newsletter that teaches you about artificial intelligence, how it works and how to use it.

Last week, I went over how to turn your chatbot into a life coach. Let’s now shift into an area where many have been experimenting with A.I. since last year: education.

Generative A.I.’s specialty is language — guessing which word comes next — and students quickly realized that they could use ChatGPT and other chatbots to write essays. That created an awkward situation in many classrooms. It turns out, it’s easy to get caught cheating with generative A.I. because it is prone to making stuff up, a phenomena known as “hallucinating.”

But generative A.I. can also be used as a study assistant. Some tools make highlights in long research papers and even answer questions about the material. Others can assemble study aids, like quizzes and flashcards.

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