Within seconds, ChatGPT can write essays, cover letters, and provide answers to complex questions with a high degree of accuracy.

The free artificial intelligence tool has exploded in popularity since it launched in November, and some educators are concerned students are using ChatGPT to cheat.

Vered Shwartz, a computer science assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, says she’s impressed by the quality of work the tool can produce.

“We’re going to have to maybe come up with assignments that make it more difficult to just copy the answers from ChatGPT,” she said.

When asked to write an essay for school, the tool will warn the user of plagiarism, she discovered.

“It’s just warning you against how unethical it is to use ChatGPT to generate an essay, but it still goes ahead and generates it,” Shwartz pointed out.

And while the writing might be human-like, she said the tool doesn’t always present accurate facts and it only knows current events dated before 2021.

Liane Gabora, a psychology professor at UBC, echoes Shwartz while pointing out the tool’s limitations.

“They’re not creative the way we’re creative,” she said.

She told CTV News that she’s caught one student cheat through ChatGPT and has already warned her students about using the tool this semester.

“I just sort of said at the beginning of class, ‘I know this might be a temptation, especially if you leave things to the last minute, but I just want you to know that we’re on to it and we have programs that can detect the presence of ChatGPT generated essays,'” Gabora said.

Shwartz worries those programs could be risky to use.

“I’m concerned about having an automatic tool that detects if somebody copied from

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