Do not panic about Chat GPT-3

Do not panic about Chat GPT-3

Think a few years out, invite students into the conversation and experiment. Do not panic! This is some of the great advice from a handful of professors from across the humanities and natural science fields about how to deal with the new generation of AI tools that we now face.

The most recent of such awe-inspiring AI tools, Chat GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer), is an online conversational chatbot, launched by OpenAI in November 2022, which is making the headlines also in education. There are indeed many implications that shake the foundations of existing models for teaching and learning. Consider these:

  1. Personalisation: AI tools can be used to create personalised learning experiences for students by analysing their learning styles and preferences, and adapting teaching methods and materials accordingly. This can lead to increased student engagement and improved learning outcomes.
  2. Automation: AI tools can automate repetitive and time-consuming tasks, such as grading and administrative tasks, freeing up educators to focus on more important and meaningful aspects of teaching.
  3. Enhance Virtual Learning: AI can be used to create virtual or online learning experiences that are more interactive and engaging, which can be particularly beneficial for remote or online students.
  4. Access to a larger pool of resources: AI tools can provide students with access to a vast amount of educational resources, including online libraries, educational videos, and simulations.
  5. Data Analysis: AI tools can be used to analyze student data and provide valuable insights into student performance and learning outcomes, which can be used to improve teaching methods and curriculum design.
  6. Predictive Analysis: AI tools can be used to predict student performance and identify students at risk of falling behind, allowing educators to provide early interventions and support.
  7. It’s important to note that AI tools can also have negative implications for business education if not used responsibly, such as biasing student performance, replacing human interaction and creating ethical concerns. Therefore, it’s important to carefully consider the potential implications of AI-tools on business education and develop guidelines for their use in the educational setting.

It is worth mentioning that AI tools most likely will follow the same hype trajectory as most other technological breakthroughs: we tend to exaggerate the immediate implications while underestimating the longer-term consequences. Just remember the emergence of Massive Open Online Courses a decade ago.

In his Homo Deus book, Yuval Noah Harari outlines a scary possible future based on Dataism, as he calls it: non-conscious but highly intelligent algorithms may soon know us better than we know ourselves. We are not yet there, but now these new AI tools are a wake-up call for all of us to become more aware and be more prepared to adapt and seize new opportunities.

Let’s not immediately assume that AI tools will replace human teachers but rather provide support to enhance the learning experience. AI-driven education comes with pros and cons. Some advantages are listed above. Disadvantages include dependence on data quality, lack of human intuition and judgment in interpretations, loss of human agency, ethical concerns, and resistance from people vested in existing approaches. It is not surprising that Chat GPT-3 comes with the warning, “While we have safeguards in place, the tool may generate incorrect or misleading information and produce offensive or biased content.”

All business school leaders and faculty want their institutions to be seen as well-positioned to meet the needs of students and the workforce in the 21st century. No one wants to be seen as falling behind or, worse, be seen as slipping towards irrelevance.

At Hult, we have a competent group of global faculty and staff working on policy changes for admission, teaching & learning, assessment, and more. What are you doing in your institution?

PS. Unless you have already figured it out, Chat GPT-3 helped me list some of the consequences of itself and its AI mates. Q.E.D.