A Princeton student says his new app helps teachers find ChatGPT codes

A Princeton student says his new app helps teachers find ChatGPT codes

A Princeton student says his new app helps teachers find ChatGPT codes

A Princeton University student has built an app that helps detect whether a text was written by a human or by the ChatGPT artificial intelligence tool.

Senior and Chief Information Officer Edward Tian recently said tweet that the algorithm behind its app, called GPTZero, can “quickly and reliably detect whether an essay is written by ChatGPT or by a human.” The beta version of the app is available here.

ChatGPT has grown in popularity recently due to its ability to produce coherent essays on virtually any topic in a matter of seconds. The technology has sparked investor interest, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that OpenAI’s parent company could soon attract $29 billion in investment.

But the app has also raised concerns that students are using the tool to cheat on homework, prompting New York to block access to ChatGPT on school devices and networks.

All it requires is a simple prompt like “Write a summary of the American Revolution.”

Tian has now provided teachers around the world with another weapon against ChatGPT.

How it’s working

Tiana’s app checks two variables in any text it examines. First, it looks at the “confusion” of a text, which measures its randomness: human-written texts tend to be more unpredictable than bot-created works.

“If the text is very random and very unfamiliar, and the app is confused by it, it’s more likely to be human-generated,” Tian told CBS MoneyWatch.

Tian explained that if the text is very familiar to the GPTZero application and has a low level of “embarrassment”, it was probably machine generated.

In addition to embarrassment, its algorithm examines a “burst” that measures variance or inconsistency in the text.

“There are a lot of differences in human-generated articles,” he said.

“People deserve to know the truth”

Tian said that more than 20,000 users have beta tested GPTZero and teachers around the world have contacted him to thank him for making their work easier.

“They say it works and it confirms their suspicions,” Tian said.

On the other hand, the students appreciated Tian’s efforts less.

While AI is set to remain, Tian believes safeguards are essential “for these new technologies to be deployed responsibly.”

“I am not against ChatGPT at all. But people deserve to know the truth about what artificial intelligence is and what is man-made,” said Tian.

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