ChatGPT use banned in French university over concerns of fraud, plagiarism

Science Po, one of France’s leading universities, has banned the use of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence-based chatbot that can generate coherent prose, to prevent fraud and plagiarism.

ChatGPT is a free program that generates original text on virtually any topic at the prompt, including articles, essays, jokes, and even poetry, raising concerns in the industry about plagiarism.

The university said on Friday it emailed all students and faculty announcing the ban on ChatGPT and all other AI-based tools at Science Po.

“Without explicit reference, students are prohibited from using the software to create any writing or presentation, except for course-specific purposes, with the supervision of their principal. course,” said Science Po, although it did not specify how it should be tracked. using.

ChatGPT has been banned from some public schools in New York City and Seattle, according to US media reports, while several US universities have announced plans to do fewer reviews. more take-home and more handwritten essays and quizzes.

Science Po, which has its main campus in Paris, adds that penalties for using software can go as far as being excluded from the institution, or even the entire French higher education.

“ChatGPT software is raising important questions for educators and researchers worldwide, regarding fraud in general and plagiarism in particular,” it said.

Microsoft last week announced a multi-billion dollar investment in OpenAI – the artificial intelligence research lab behind ChatGPT – based on a bet in OpenAI nearly four years ago, when it spent $1 billion ( around Rs 8,200 crore) for the co-starter founded by Tesla’s Elon Musk and investor Sam Altman.

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