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Professor Compares and Contrasts ChatGPT With Wikipedia
R. Stuart Geiger writes the following in “Opinion: ChatGPT Is This Generation’s Wikipedia. We Have an Opportunity to Learn From the Past.” for The San Diego Union-Tribune:
I teach several courses at UC San Diego in communication and data science about the use and abuse of data, digital platforms, algorithms, personalization and artificial intelligence. I was preparing for my winter Data and Culture class when ChatGPT exploded on the scene. … Due to how ChatGPT works, I knew it would be difficult or impossible to definitively detect its use. …
More importantly, I realized there were striking parallels to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia anyone can edit, which I’ve edited since 2004 and extensively researched. In the mid-2000s, there was panic about students using this new, uncertain and unreliable information resource. Schools banned Wikipedia while school officials shamed students who read it, and some even argued Wikipedia undermined the idea of truth. Yet the people who wrote Wikipedia didn’t naively trust it. Wikipedians agree it should never be cited definitively and could be dangerous if used uncritically for high-risk decisions. Instead, it was a resource, a starting point, an inherently imperfect and incomplete guide to reliable sources.
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