ChatGPT: Boon or Bane?

ChatGPT, the chatbot developed by OpenAI, an American artificial intelligence (AI) research company, has sparked controversy throughout the globe. Though the generative pre-trained transformer (GPT) can provide its users with content on a wide variety of topics, it can also be misused and pose a threat to cyber security. Italy has banned the technology and other countries are also coming up with rules around the use of both ChatGPT and AI in general. SCARLETT RODRIGUES asked RobinAgers for their opinion on the chatbot. Here’s what they had to say.

May 01, 2023

Royce Rodrigues
Class 10, St Anne’s High School, Mumbai

In my opinion, ChatGPT and AI are exceptional elements for our lives in the future. Still, I feel there are a couple of limitations to ChatGPT such as its inability to operate in the absence of the internet, the inaccurate results it generates at times and the limited knowledge it contains. ChatGPT can become a comprehensive chatbot of the future and can take over tasks such as writing a news report using just the headline or coming up with movie scripts and song lyrics, thus taking over jobs. The future of AI is quite promising, but it could also have a negative impact on problems that currently exist, such as unemployment. I feel the decision of governments to ban ChatGPT is not wrong as it can pose a cyber security risk.

Tanish Rane
Class 10, Mother Teresa English Secondary School, Mumbai

I feel ChatGPT can be a boon for students who do not have access to a teacher or a tutor, but not entirely. It is convenient to use the chatbot as one can access it from anywhere as long as an internet connection is available. One can use it on a phone and tablet. Though the chatbot can have a conversation with its users and provide information, it is unable to provide tailored comments to its users. It cannot replace conventional teaching as students cannot ask for clarifications and so it may be difficult for them to understand certain topics.

Kashyap Hapaliya
Class 10, SN Kansagra School, Rajkot

AI has become a very important part of our lives. The possibilities that AI brings in every field have no limitations. Its use in business processes is lucrative. On the flipside, I believe emerging applications such as ChatGPT restrict a child’s power of thinking, making their mind rust. A child’s imagination is killed by such applications. According to me, be it English or mathematics, the purpose of studying various subjects is to develop a sharp mind, which is very important. Therefore, being dependent on such an application is not advisable. I think such applications will harm human intellect in the long run.

Parikshit Hapaliya
Class 8, SN Kansagra School, Rajkot

I think ChatGPT is one of the best applications to use. It can help people build their communication skills and improve their capabilities in various fields. Using this application will boost users’ confidence as it provides solutions to their problems. I feel technology can have a positive or negative impact; it depends on the user’s approach. It can be used as a tool for enhancing people’s communication skills. So, it could come to the rescue of many struggling children.

Gargi Kulkarni
Class 8, Podar International School, Pune

AI is currently the talk of the town and is giving the world a new lease on life. YouTube, social media platforms and virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa make use of it. ChatGPT was introduced recently, and people have mixed opinions about this application. Educators believe that it is a curse as children can be too dependent on it. Students can easily use this application to copy as it provides original and accurate answers to the user. I totally agree with them. Although ChatGPT may have certain benefits, students need to learn to produce original, genuine work. This leads to the exploration of creativity, which gives them self-confidence. The answers provided by the app are like meals that are ready to cook in today’s world, which are not healthy. I feel schools and colleges should ban this application for the betterment of children’s future and public good.

Akshita A
Class 7, Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School, Chennai

I feel ChatGPT is an informative tool, which provides vast knowledge on a wide range of topics in a short timespan so it can be beneficial to students if used correctly. On the other hand, if students become too dependent on it, their thinking, problem-solving and creative skills will be destroyed. The chatbot should complement current teaching methods and not replace them.

We asked ChatGPT if its use by students is a boon or bane; here’s what it had to say:
As an AI language model, ChatGPT can be a boon for students in many ways. It can provide instant answers to a wide range of questions, including academic queries, and help students with their research work. ChatGPT can also help students improve their language skills, as it can provide suggestions for better phrasing or grammar. Additionally, it can be an excellent tool for students to better their critical thinking and problem-solving skills by engaging in discussions on complex topics with the model. However, it is important to note that ChatGPT should not be used as a replacement for human interaction, feedback or guidance. It is a machine-learning model and has limitations in its understanding of human emotions, cultural differences and nuances of language. Hence, students should use ChatGPT as a tool for learning, but not rely solely on it for their education.


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