It’s called ChatGPT not CheatGPT

I still visualize the little bits of papers that some of the students hide under their sleeves to use to solve exam questions. These students had devised some very “admirable” ways to cheat to the extent that even the teachers become stunned. A student would carbon copy his answers and slip it to the ones who wait for him and her and then they start answering, or they write some answers on the chair in front of them, sometimes on their shoes, their socks, their hands, the inside of the hat and so on. I once saw a cheater who wrote some information on the sleeves of his shirt.

Cheating was the method used by those who would spend their school time playing, sleeping, or engaged in everything that one could think of but not in studying. The problem I am sure lies in the education system itself, but also in the students. The education system can change the way exams are conducted, it’s the 21st century after all.  I used to love open book exams, give a question that is not in the books, and see the struggle in the eyes of the students.

Now, and with the advent of new technologies, we have a very nice way to cheat! “AI”.

“AI” was invented to help humanity and shorten the search time; all we need to do is ask the question and we get answers; the answers are meant to be a guide and not an answer to be copied and added to the assignment. We ask the questions and then we evaluate the answers and use them as “quotations” rather than just add them to the assignment.  This requires integrity.  There is no difference between a cheater and a thief, and we must all be weary of this.

The New “instrument from “AI” is ChatGPT. This new concept does not only give you the answer but it will structure it for you so it can be used as “a ready to go” answer in your assignment.  However, when your answers are checked on the cheating software, it will produce a high percentage of cheating. ChatGPT searched for all the information that is available on the world’s computers and made a summary and gave it to you.  To make the concept obvious, we asked ChatGPT some questions, while the answers are coherent, you will notice the authority in it, as if ChatGPT had written it itself:

Question 1: Can you research and list the greatest mathematicians in the world?

ChatGPT Answers:

Sure, I can help you with that. There are many great mathematicians in the world who have made significant contributions to various fields of mathematics. Here are some of them, along with a brief summary of their achievements:

These are just some examples of the great mathematicians in the world. There are many more who have contributed to the development and advancement of mathematics. You can learn more about them by searching on Bing or reading some books or articles on mathematics history. I hope this helps you with your research. 😊

Question 2: Can you list a few Arabic Mathematicians as well?

ChatGPT Answers:

Sure, I can list a few Arabic mathematicians and their achievements for you. Here are some examples:

  • Al-Khwarizmi (circa 780-850): He was a Persian mathematician and astronomer who worked at the House of Wisdom in Baghdad. He wrote several influential books on algebra, arithmetic, and astronomy. He is considered the father of algebra and algorithm, as his name and his book title (Al-Jabr wa-l-Muqabala) are the sources of these words . He also introduced Hindu-Arabic numerals and the concept of zero to the Islamic world.
  • Al-Kindi (circa 801-873): He was an Arab philosopher and polymath who wrote about mathematics, logic, physics, medicine, music, and many other subjects. He was the first to use cryptography to encode messages using numbers and letters. He also developed methods for solving linear and quadratic equations, and studied the harmonic series .
  • Al-Karaji (circa 953-1029): He was a Persian mathematician and engineer who worked in Baghdad and Cairo. He was the first to use algebraic methods to study arithmetic sequences and series, such as the binomial theorem and Pascal’s triangle. He also invented a method for extracting roots of higher degrees, and wrote about irrigation systems and water clocks .
  • Al-Battani (circa 858-929): He was an Arab astronomer and mathematician who made accurate observations of the sun, moon, planets, and stars. He calculated the length of the solar year, the inclination of the ecliptic, and the precession of the equinoxes. He also improved trigonometry by introducing the functions of tangent and cotangent, and by using fractions instead of sexagesimal numbers .
  • Al-Farabi (circa 872-950): He was a Turkic philosopher and scientist who wrote about mathematics, logic, music, psychology, sociology, and metaphysics. He was one of the first to classify logic into two parts: deductive and inductive. He also developed a theory of music based on ratios and proportions, and invented several musical instruments .
  • Ibn al-Haytham (965-1040): He was an Arab polymath who is regarded as the father of modern optics. He wrote the Book of Optics, which was a comprehensive treatise on light, vision, color, reflection, refraction, lenses, mirrors, and optical instruments. He also experimented with camera obscura, pinhole camera, magnifying glass, and telescope. He also made contributions to geometry, number theory, astronomy, medicine, and philosophy .
  • Al-Biruni (973-1048): He was a Persian scholar who wrote about mathematics, astronomy, geography, history, anthropology, and linguistics. He measured the circumference of the earth using trigonometry and shadows. He also calculated the specific gravity of various substances using hydrostatic balance. He also studied the cultures and religions of India, China, Greece, Egypt, and other regions .
  • Ibn Sina (Avicenna) (980-1037): He was a Persian polymath who is regarded as one of the most influential philosophers and physicians of all time. He wrote the Canon of Medicine, which was a comprehensive encyclopedia of medicine that covered anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, surgery, and psychology. He also wrote about mathematics, logic, physics, metaphysics, ethics, poetry, and music .
  • Al-Ghazali (1058-1111): He was an Arab theologian and mystic who wrote about Islamic jurisprudence, theology, philosophy, psychology, ethics, and spirituality. He is considered one of the greatest Muslim thinkers and reformers of all time. He also studied mathematics as a tool for logic and reasoning .
  • Al-Tusi (1201-1274): He was a Persian astronomer and mathematician who worked at the observatory in Maragha. He wrote several books on astronomy that corrected the errors of Ptolemy’s model of the solar system. He also developed a new trigonometric method called Tusi-couple that could generate linear motion from circular motion .
  • Ibn al-Banna (1256-1321): He was a Moroccan mathematician and astronomer who wrote about arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and astronomy. He solved problems involving fractions, proportions, progressions, equations, and inequalities. He also constructed astronomical tables and instruments .
  • Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406): He was a Tunisian historian and sociologist who wrote the Muqaddimah, which is considered the first work of historiography and sociology. He analyzed the rise and fall of civilizations, the factors that influence human society, the role of culture and religion, and the methods of historical research. He also studied mathematics, logic, economics, politics, and geography .

These are just some of the Arabic mathematicians and their achievements. There are many more who have contributed to the development and advancement of mathematics. You can learn more about them by searching on Bing or reading some books or articles on mathematics history. I hope this helps you with your research. 😊

Question 3: How do you think AI will help transform the world in the future?

ChatGPT Answers:

AI is a powerful technology that can transform the world in many ways. Some of the possible impacts of AI on society are:

Therefore, AI is a technology that has both positive and negative impacts on the world. It is important for everyone to be informed and engaged in how AI is developed and used, and to ensure that it aligns with human values and goals. As the authors of the report by Our World in Data state: “Artificial intelligence is transforming our world — it is on all of us to make sure that it goes well”4.

The answers are coherent to the extent that it could be thought that you had actually searched and written them. However, ChatGPT copies and pastes, while you must use the information as quotations and mention the authors and the source.  Here is where the problem lies, and the young generation fail to understand how this works.

At the end, you are the person that must decide what you want to be in this life, do you want to have this nagging feeling of inferiority? No of course not, you want to have a clear conscience and be able to sleep will at night.  Do good and be good.