"Artificial Intelligence (AI), a term coined by emeritus Stanford Professor John McCarthy in 1955, was defined by him as “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines”. Much research has humans program machines to behave in a clever way, like playing chess, but, today, we emphasize machines that can learn, at least somewhat like human beings do." - Stanford University, Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence
Tools like ChatGPT are basic versions of generative language processing tools. ChatGPT is a more public facing version of advanced proprietary artificial intelligence tools created by companies like OpenAI, Microsoft, etc. Computers have been taught via programming how to mimic human language and dialogue by scraping the Internet and inputted data, and they keep learning at an extremely fast pace.
This guide's intention is to help you critically engage with the publicly available generative AI tools and focuses on how they intersect with information literacy.
Students, please first confirm with your professor that using ChatGPT or other content produced by generative artificial intelligence (AI) is acceptable before using it for any course assignments.