With the rise of artificial intelligence software like Chat GPT, education is on track to become more technologically proficient than ever. However, there are also concerns about the unfair use of AI, including plagiarism and cheating within schools. Despite the relatively recent expansion of AI, it is increasingly recognized by schools around the world, including those in the Global South.
ChatGPT and other AI resources are easily accessible to students through multiple avenues. ChatGPT was founded in 2022 by OpenAI and has already made waves in tech communities. It is accessible to anyone with an email address and is incredibly simple to use. The user can ask almost any question or request and the software can create unique content in seconds. Because of its simple and accessible format, people have found ways to use it to make their homework and work easier. Some schools around the world are concerned that students are using AI software like ChatGPT to plagiarize online assignments. South Director Afolobi Runsewe said: “There are ways to use AI responsibly, I think that scares me a little bit… But I know, having been to high school and university, and now that I am professional, that teachers know your writing style. and so if you use AI as plagiarism, I don’t think it will go unnoticed.
As schools grapple with the use of AI, it is possible that regulations in schools, including those in the South, will change in order to keep pace with AI software. South’s textbook currently defines plagiarism as “…Presenting another writer’s ideas or words as your own without citing the source. It also states that cheating includes: “…by turning work generated from the Internet into your own. Artificial intelligence itself is not included in South’s textbook and is left up to each teacher to handle as they see fit. When it comes to how the South handles plagiarism and the use of artificial intelligence, Runsewe says, “I think our teachers are already getting on with it… it’s part of our responsibility to make sure that (students ) don’t put themselves in a position to get into trouble. .”
AI itself is a very controversial topic and is expected to have a big impact on people’s daily lives in the near future. Concerns about how AI will change the workforce and unemployment have existed since the creation of computers. AI is very effective in some ways and can sometimes exceed the capabilities of human workers. There have been cases in recent years where common jobs are aided or directed by the presence of AI. Opinions differ on the future ramifications of AI, including whether or not it will harm the workforce and whether its presence should be welcomed. Just as computer literacy has become a necessary part of education and work over the past two decades, knowledge of how to use AI could become an integral part of people’s livelihoods.
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As AI and advanced technologies become ubiquitous in people’s daily lives, students will need to adapt in order to gain the skills needed to work. Conversations are growing about how AI can be a tool rather than a crutch. By teaching students how to use AI effectively and ethically, they have the power to influence their future with AI in the workplace. Runsewe says: “I think we need to leverage technology responsibly and I think AI is a good way to do that…. AI can certainly be used as a tool to help children learn.
Regardless of how AI continues to be used in the future, schools will need to decide how best to encourage ethical and productive use of AI. Plagiarism using AI is a relatively new problem, and there remains a chance to guide the narrative around AI to be a tool rather than a crutch. Runsewe says: “I don’t think it’s a widespread problem yet, and I hope it doesn’t become one. I hope children use good judgment and use technology responsibly.