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09/15/2023

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Juntao Yu

AI technologies won’t destroy us. It’s used to help us. It makes us more convenient to do everything. Moreover, if you have no ideas for a project, AI can give you some suggestions to help you. It may be useless but it may be able to open up a new way for you. It can play the role of a teacher if it is inconvenient for you to contact the teacher.

haylie dorr

I found this essay to be very interesting. AI is fairly new and many people have mixed emotions about it. One of the biggest downsides to AI is how cheating is easier than ever. Now with a click of a button it can write you an essay on whatever topic you would like with however many pages you want in a couple seconds. In this article it makes the point that AI bots are not destroying writing, they are reinvigorating it. I agree and disagree with AI. I believe that there are pros to having answers to any question you want in a matter of seconds but I do agree that it could have some negative effects on education as a whole. As a student, I have a different point of view that you could use to explain an assignment, answer a confusing question, or give you an outline on where to start an article. It can give you ideas on a topic and help you when a teacher is unavailable. I can see the negative impacts as well of AI from a teacher’s point of view. Teachers can feel as if their lessons are not reaching the students and the positive impacts the assignments would have on the students are being thrown away by being done for them without even reading the assignment. Overall I found this article to be very interesting and it opened my eyes to different perspectives on AI. I agree and disagree with what Juntao Yu says. He makes a point that AI technologies won’t destroy us. They are used to help us. It makes it more convenient to do everything. But I do not think he is seeing the bigger picture of the negative effects of the use of AI. I do not think it will necessarily destroy us and I do agree it is used to help us but it is also used as a shortcut for homework and essays. I see both the positive and negative impacts of AI, especially in the classroom setting.

Shaina Napoli

I understand where you are coming from, Juntao, but I have a different opinion. While AI is extremely helpful it is also raising many concerns. I would not say that it is “destroying us” But it is leading to many people taking advantage and becoming lazy. Many students use Websites like Open.ai and ChatGPT to generate their papers for them, and many people are cheating their way through university. This, however, can become genuinely concerning when students who are studying medicine or planning to be in the medical field in some ways are cheating their way through college by using AI to do their assignments and papers. These students are no longer learning, and some are completely relying on AI to pass their classes. As somebody who is going into the radiology field, I now must worry about AI replacing the actual radiologist with whom I will be working alongside with. I fear that my future job will be overthrown by AI. AI is easily accessible by anybody. Some can argue that it is a useful resource while other people may argue that it should have never been created. It is helpful because you can ask it a Homework question by copying and pasting and receiving an answer in seconds. Although on the opposing side, many students can copy and paste their entire homework assignment and receive the answers without comprehending the material. This can lead to teachers becoming confused as to why students are excelling on homework and not tests and other assignments.

Flora Xu

I agree with Dobrin and believe that society should embrace generative AI writing programs as a tool for students to utilize responsibly; however, schools should implement lessons that teach students how to utilize AI without plagiarizing. Whether or not one is willing to accept AI, it is easy to see how prevalent AI is online, from filters to art to writing. For example, social media has seen an increase in AI programs targeting fields like copywriting captions, generating content, and analyzing engagement rates, so why would these same AI programs not target the education system as well? Although critics would point out how AI is destroying writing, it may be the opposite, as AI can even be considered a tool for writing. In the article, Dobrin references back to the early 2000s, when Wikipedia first started, and its critics argued that students may use it in writing their essays instead of conducting “actual research.” However, even Dobrin points out how resisting change is futile, so the next best thing is to start adapting to these changes beginning from within the classroom, “Instead, we should be thinking about how we can prepare our students and the future workforce for ethically using these technologies. Resisting these changes in defense of wholesale nostalgia for how we learned or taught writing is tantamount to behaving like the proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand.” Many students know not to plagiarize, but AI programs like ChatGPT could possibly help them with calculating math problems or generating ideas for creative writing. However, AI is not a perfect program that can be entirely relied on, so students should still learn how to fact-check the information and answers they receive from AI. A solution to this would be for schools to implement lessons into the curriculum to teach students how to use AI ethically starting at a young age. As times are progressing, change is unforeseeable and there is no way to escape these changes in a society that is all about adaptation–especially in terms of technology. Ultimately, there is no way to stop students from entirely using these generative AI programs–except to prepare them on how to adapt AI to help with their work.

Kevin

I do agree with Shaina, but I think ultimately we need to welcome change and evolve as humans. AI should be embraced as a crucial component of our future despite valid concerns, due to its potential for driving economic growth, innovation, and solving complex global challenges. AI's ability to analyze vast data sets can lead to significant advancements in healthcare, environmental management, and other fields. Furthermore, AI is poised to transform the job market by creating new opportunities and industries, necessitating new skills. It also enhances quality of life through improved convenience and safety in daily activities. Importantly, the development of AI presents an opportunity to establish ethical guidelines and regulatory frameworks, ensuring its responsible use. Embracing AI, with a focus on harnessing its benefits while mitigating risks, is essential for progress and global advancement.

Cal Bennett

Gave barely any real points on why I should not be fearful of AI in writing. The only quantifiable point I found was that people in the past have always been afraid of new technologies changing writing, therefore undermining the current fear of this new technology. The issue here is that AI is a completely different beast to any kind of technology that has come before. The article gives examples such as the printing press or wikipeda, but fails to see how AI is very different to these examples in that AI is not human. Wikipedia is a human written article. The printing press simply removed the need for humans to repeatedly copy written works for publishing, the work that the printing press mass produced was still an unaltered human written work. It gave us a more efficient way of producing already finished human work en masse, freeing up time for more original, intellectual thought/writing.
While one could argue that AI does a similar thing, making the act of writing mroe efficient, this does not detract from the fact that AI is the first piece of technology to actually take away parts of the intellectual thought that goes into writing. It is not just making the labourous parts of writing faster, it is actively replacing the parts of writing that make it inherently human. Yes, I know generating ideas or structuring can be frustrating, but to say we should hand the aspects of creativity that we don't like over to AI instead of seeing them as an important part of the mental process comes across to me as just childish. If you dislike parts of writing so much that you want an AI to take care of so much of it for you, maybe you just don't enjoy writing.

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