What Do GC Students Think About ChatGPT and AI?


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The home screen of ChatGPT, a chat-bot that has taken the world by storm.

ChatGPT is a very popular application that uses artificial intelligence to produce human-sounding answers to almost any question. Its name references the fact that it draws on a number of large language models that together form GPT-3. ChatGPT uses this vast body of human writing to write responses based on human-entered prompts. The program can create short or long bodies of text. The release of ChatGPT in November 2022 led to other companies like Google and Microsoft using ChatGPT in their products or even working on their own chat-bots.

People have used ChatGPT in many ways, including writing books, getting advice, translating between languages, writing computer code, and doing research. One of the most significant impacts that ChatGPT and other AI programs could have is on education. So, what do students at Good Counsel think about ChatGPT and other AI programs, such as ones that create art and fake photographs?

Claire Williams ’23 said that it isn’t a problem right now for ChatGPT to fabricate academic papers because it currently can’t do it well. However, she thinks it is a good resource and perfectly fine to use in the scenario of gathering information. As for AI-generated art, she finds it cool but weird that human faces have to be distorted. When asked about whether she was worried about artists losing their jobs to AI, she said that artists already have to prepare for a difficult way of making a living.

Nathan D’Costa ’24 said that ChatGPT could be a problem for students who use it to do their work for them, because they would not have themselves acquired the skills needed for employment. As for art, he believes that there will still be a market for man-made art over AI art because of its authenticity and soul.

Matthew Richards ’26 said that ChatGPT should only be used for recreation, not for official work. Students using it to cheat on papers would be ill-prepared for the workplace. ChatGPT would also make humans dependent on it for advice, instead of consulting professionals. Dependence on AI would lead to a loss of jobs and economic downturn. He also said that AI art should be copyrighted by the AI’s creator, and AI would not be able to replace human artists.

Luke Eloshway ’26 likewise believes that ChatGPT to have pernicious effects on cheating students. Meanwhile, he is worried that AI art is too good at making deep fakes, and the younger generations in particular could be fooled by these images. Older people would be more skeptical.