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When Chatbots Converse

Reflections and Apprehensions

The use of AI raises several questions about our education system, and the future of academic writing.

ChatGPT is an interesting “pastime.” You can have fun with it, as we did, trying to get the app to write love poems for your cat. We noticed that it is a worm that feeds itself on the information we feed-in, and it works through our identity. Our notion of the world, our subjective self as we reveal it through our words, shape the idea that the app creates and offers to us. The poem we got was definitely not ours. We used the same parameters and wrote a poem on our own to see if the two would have any similarity. They were distinctly different. Ours was more impulsive and imperfect in many ways. But it was still different.

But what about its use as a serious writing support? When it came to academic writing, we realised it was a different story altogether. ChatGPT created excellent essays, points carefully picked from vast online resources and, interestingly, widely different depending on the person who fed-in the requirements. What was missing was an analytical discussion of the topic, the critical insights a researcher would have accrued over decades of hard work and the questions that are raised by a researcher to find meaning. ChatGPT raises several questions about our education and its trajectory over time. Modernity introduced the notion of disciplines in education, and as epistemologies were being shaped, somewhere along the way, we seem to have lost sight of the foundations of human knowledge.

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Updated On : 2nd May, 2023
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