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Humanist Archives: April 28, 2023, 7:26 a.m. Humanist 36.557 - some naive musings about AI / artificial intelligence

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        Date: 2023-04-27 13:34:30+00:00
        From: James Rovira <>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 36.553: Some naive musings about AI / artificial intelligence

Thanks very much, Dr. Thaller, for your very engaging post. To speak to
item 7 below, as a writing instructor, I regularly assign at least one
summary writing assignment in my first year writing courses. We should keep
in mind that writing instruction occurs at all levels. ChatGPT is very good
at summary writing. Students who simply copy and paste a ChatGPT summary of
anything will tend to be easily detectable, even without software, because
it does indeed have its own voice. It's easily recognizable once you've
read a little bit of it, especially if at any point the student has
submitted some of his or her own writing. But either way, I think it's
valid for instructors at some levels to be concerned about AI generated
text being substituted for student writing.

I think we've already wasted too much time talking about what you identify
as "strong AI." I prefer to ask this question: On what basis do we
believe strong AI is even possible?

Jim R

On Thu, Apr 27, 2023 at 1:16 AM Humanist <> wrote:

> (7) (At least if you are a historian) If you are afraid, that a weak
> paradigm tool like ChatGPT is able to submit a valid student’s paper:
> maybe you should change the assignments?
> Apologies for being loquacious,
> Manfred
> --
> Prof.em.Dr. Manfred Thaller
> formerly University at Cologne /
> zuletzt Universität zu Köln
> --
Dr. James Rovira <>

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