How these Utah professors are addressing ChatGPT in the classroom

Engineers have been using AI-like genetic algorithms since the 1960s, so ChatGPT and other text-generating bots don’t strike Utah professor Cynthia Furse as particularly revolutionary, at least in their current form. They can’t produce data or cite sources accurately, so their ability to help write, say, a scientific report is still limited.

Other professors, like Chris Babits at Utah State University, believe generative AI will provoke a “paradigm shift” in college education — not because they fear their students depending on it, but because it presents educators with an opportunity to reassess how they teach.

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