We only have STEM PhD students, but this is obviously a concern for us too. 80% are non-native English speakers, so the temptation will be high for class assignments of essay format, or even coding projects.
It is harder to get an AI to write a grant proposal that makes sense, or a thesis. But I see the day when that will come too. Just hand the bot the data sets, get the bot to analyse them, refine your hypothesis (or suggest one de novo), produce figures, discussion, abstract. Voila! Instant thesis.
I can see how that would make a lot of the production side of science easier in a way, to be honest. AI is already being used to do actual science too.
Didn’t read the whole thread, but that problem’s always existed. I used to look up what textbook the professors from my grad classes took their homework questions from, then found a pirated copy of the solution manual on google. Some people have another student do their homework against a fee. You just have to accept that there’s a level of cheating happening in academia, and you’ll never get around it.
'Point in case, here is an unedited example:
Query: “Write a 200 word description of a prize-winning photo showing a person holding a rose. Make it sad.”
"The photo depicts a lone figure standing in a desolate field, the bleak landscape stretching out behind them as far as the eye can see. They are holding a single rose, its petals withered and wilted, a symbol of their own broken heart. The person’s face is shrouded in shadows, but the pain etched onto their features is palpable. They stand there, alone and forsaken, their eyes fixed on the rose as if it is the only thing left in the world that holds any meaning for them.
The photo is a poignant reminder of the fragility of love and the way that it can wither and die just like the rose. It is a haunting image, one that lingers long after the viewer has looked away, leaving a sense of sadness and loss in its wake. The photo was a prize-winner, not because of its technical excellence, but because of the raw emotion it captures and the way it speaks to the viewer’s own experiences of heartbreak and loss. It is a photo that touches the soul and reminds us all of the power of love, even in the darkest of times."’