33,000 teachers sign up for the educators’ version of ChatGPT detector created by a 22-year-old Toronto young boy
Everyone is talking about ChatGPT, an AI bot that can write your academic essays for you in a matter of seconds.
Developed by AI research laboratory OpenAI and launched on November 30, ChatGPT is one of the most advanced chatbots the world has ever seen.
It already has over 100 million users worldwide in just over a week and can write just about anything you want, which is great for students.
“ChatGPT is an incredibly cool innovation, but it’s like opening a Pandora’s Box.” Edward Tian said, a 22-year-old in Toronto was feverishly crafting a tool to detect its misuse.
The Etobicoke native is a computer science major at Princeton University and spent the last couple years studying GPT-3, artificial intelligence that produces human-like text, just like ChatGPT.
The interactive chatbot is powered by machine learning. ChatGPT essentially swallowed massive swaths of the Internet, learning language patterns in the process that it can recreate in response to a human prompt.
As ChatGPT landed in the hands of the public in late November, Tian played around with the technology alongside friends. They asked the program to write poems and raps.“Wow this is really good,” Tian remembers thinking. “This is better than something I could write myself.”
Tian said that he has been doing AI detection for his thesis research at Princeton this year, so he was pretty interested in looking at implicit bias qualities of these. “I think writing can be so beautiful,” said the computer science and journalism student. “There are parts and qualities of human writing that the machines can never do,” he said.
AI writing is pretty consistent over time versus human writing that has bursts of originality. It’s almost like our short-term memory makes us have bursts of creativity and differences in the writing styles throughout time.
I don’t want any teachers making academic decisions with this data. We’re building out a full tool that people can actually use more extensively.
That high-level of skill was raising alarm bells for educators, who began fearing that their students would hand in essays generated by a machine and they would have no way of knowing or confirming suspicions. Immediately, Tian became aware of this too.
“Everyone deserves to know the truth and everyone deserves a tool at their fingertips that can determine whether something is human or machine generated,” he said.
Luckily, he had time on his hands during winter break and sat down at a coffee shop in Etobicoke to do something about it. GPTZero, an app that can decipher whether something was written by a machine or human.
First, a user copy and pastes text into the app. An evaluation begins, measuring the perplexity, creativity and variability of the writing. Then, GPTZero delivers a score, which leads to a result: either the text was generated by ChatGPT or a human.
On Jan. 3, the free app went public. More than 300,000 people tried it and over 7 million people viewed it on Twitter.
“It was totally crazy. I was expecting a few dozen people,” Tian said
In particular, teachers were noticing GPTZero worked in detecting if their students were writing their papers, or not. Now, Tian is building a tool specifically designed for educators. Already, 33,000 teachers have signed up on the product waitlist.
“No one wants to be deceived if something they are reading is misrepresented as human,” Tian said.
Part of the article was reported by CTV News.