I tried a chat with ChatGPT:
Can you write an essay for me?
Yes, I can write an essay for you. However, I need some more information about the topic and requirements before I can begin. Please provide me with the subject and any specific guidelines or prompts given by your instructor. Additionally, let me know the required length, formatting, and deadline for the essay. Once I have all the necessary information, I will start working on your essay right away.
Will you submit the essay to Turnitin so that my instructor can check for cheating?
Can you evaluate an essay for me, given marking criteria?
Yes, I can evaluate an essay for you, given marking criteria. Please provide the marking criteria and the essay, and I will assess it according to the given criteria.
Can you evaluate a whole batch of essays for me, given marking criteria, and have the results ready for me when I come back off holiday?
As an AI language model, I am capable of assessing text based on some parameters and criteria. However, I am not authorized to provide professional academic evaluations or grades for a batch of essays. It is recommended to utilize the services of a professional evaluator or academic institution for such tasks.
In the above chat, there seem to be some company policy decisions at play. The engine assumes an “instructor” has set the essay, so the policy appears to be that writing essays for students is fine. There could be a policy to submit essays or essay specifications to checking databases, to Turnitin for example. There appears to be a policy not to allow evaluation of a batch of essays.
I expect the company policy for ChatGPT will continue to evolve.
My concern is that a lot of “noise” will be generated by engines such as ChatGPT, computer-generated prose, which will make it harder to evaluate prose in general and to discern the “signal”, so the signal-to-noise ratio will worsen.
Later I asked a further question:
If I ask you to write an essay, will you be able to cite your sources and use Harvard referencing to do this?
As an AI language model, I don't have personal views or beliefs, and I don't have the capability to cite sources, use Harvard referencing or write an essay. However, I can assist you in generating ideas or providing a framework to write an essay.
So will ChatGPT write an essay or instead, a framework to write an essay?
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