Mark Heyman is the CFO of New Zealand based Logical Toys, Ltd.
In the age of artificial intelligence (AI), using such technology in education has raised concerns over its impact on student learning and academic integrity. Recent events in New Zealand have highlighted the potential drawbacks of relying on AI in the classroom, with two high schools flunking students for supposedly using AI to write their papers.
According to reports, the students denied using AI to complete their assignments, but the schools claimed that their papers’ writing styles and content indicated AI-generated text. The incident has sparked a debate about the role of AI in education and its implications for academic honesty.
To prevent plagiarism and ensure academic integrity, educational institutions worldwide have increasingly turned to AI to verify student work. In New Zealand, for example, some universities and colleges use AI-powered software to check for plagiarism and assess the originality of thesis work. However, using AI to monitor and evaluate student performance raises questions about how much trust we can place in machines and what the consequences might be for students falsely accused of using AI.
Moreover, the increasing reliance on AI in our daily lives raises broader concerns about how much control we will have over our own lives in the future. As AI becomes more advanced and ubiquitous, it will become increasingly difficult to distinguish between human and machine-generated content. This could have far-reaching consequences for society as we grapple with questions of sentience and the rights of non-human entities.
As a former computer engineer and sci-fi aficionado, these developments are concerning. While AI has the potential to revolutionize many aspects of our lives, we must be mindful of its limitations and the ethical implications of its use. As we prepare our children for the new world that awaits them, we must ensure they have the skills and knowledge to navigate a rapidly changing technological landscape.
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