Recently, OpenAI has launched a tool designed to detect text generated using AI services such as its own ChatGPT. This innovative development raises a host of ethical and societal questions, primarily around the potential for this technology to be used for creating misinformation on a global scale.
AI-generated text has enabled people to manipulate information and disseminate it to a wide audience. With this technology becoming increasingly advanced, the level of manipulation could be taken to a whole new level without anybody noticing. This could have highly damaging effects on society, from spreading false news to making inaccurate claims that are difficult to disprove.
Moreover, AI-generated text could be used for much more nefarious purposes, including helping students cheat on tests and exams. In the future, AI-generated text could be used to provide detailed answers to all types of educational assessments, making it difficult for teachers or examiners to differentiate between authentic work and AI-generated work.
Finally, another ethical dilemma arises when AI-generated text gets published and attributed to the wrong person. When excerpts of AI-generated text are shared in online environments or other media, should an AI be credited instead of the person who created it? While this could potentially help to prevent misinformation, it could also be considered to be unethical or unfair to the people who created the AI.
OpenAI’s tool is a great innovation which could help to prevent the misuse of AI-generated text and protect society from the potential damage it could cause. However, it also raises a number of ethical and societal questions which need to be addressed in order to ensure these technologies are used responsibly.