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Library guide on artificial intelligence tools and citing

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. It involves creating computer programs or systems that can perform tasks that would typically require human intelligence, such as understanding natural language, recognizing patterns, making decisions, and learning from experience. AI aims to replicate cognitive functions like problem-solving, reasoning, perception, and even creative thinking.

AI has a wide range of applications across industries, including healthcare, finance, manufacturing, entertainment, transportation, and more. It's used to automate repetitive tasks, analyze large datasets for insights, provide personalized recommendations, enhance customer experiences, and even assist in complex scientific research.

While AI has made significant advancements in recent years, it's essential to recognize its limitations and ethical considerations. Ensuring that AI systems are unbiased, transparent, and used responsibly is an ongoing challenge for researchers, developers, and policymakers.

Definition created by ChatGPT on August 8, 2023

Generative AI & Research FAQs

These are considered frequently asked questions regarding AI tools. However, this list is not exhaustive. If you have additional questions or comments about using or understanding AI tools, consult with a librarian.

1. Am I cheating if I use Chat GPT or another AI tool?

The two most important things to ensure when using AI tools like Chat GPT are 1) you have clear permission to do so from your instructor and 2) you properly cite and acknowledge the use of AI tools

Using Chat GPT-generated content in your work is "identified as co-authored by you and the generative AI." You can refer to the sharing & publication policy by OpenAI (creators of Chat GPT) here. Failing to properly attribute Chat GPT-generated content is considered plagiarism.

Reference: Touro University Libraries

2. Are there privacy concerns to be aware of when using AI tools?

Yes! Like other information available on the Internet, AI tools are much similar. You should be cautious about inputting sensitive or personal material into AI chat bots as the information is then stored.

3. How do I use Chat GPT?

It's simple. Just converse like you would another human. There aren't keywords or techniques needed to receive answers. 

Example conversations:

  • You: Please suggest one interesting essay topic related to happiness in modern society.
  • ChatGPT: Sure, here's an essay topic related to happiness in modern society: "The Pursuit of Happiness: How Modern Society's Definition of Success Impacts Our Well-being."
  • You: Can you describe the topic briefly?
  • ChatGPT: Of course! This essay topic explores the relationship between modern society's definition of success and our overall well-being and happiness. It questions whether the current emphasis on external markers of success, such as wealth, status, and achievements, is truly aligned with what makes people happy and fulfilled. The essay can delve into the impact of social media, consumerism, and societal pressures on our happiness and suggest ways to redefine success to prioritize internal well-being and meaningful connections.

4. Do I have to fact-check what AI tools say?

Yes. This is especially important when understanding the material and topic you are researching. There have been incidents of AI tools like Chat GPT to create false information, otherwise known as "AI hallucination." False information could be used and might sound plausible. It is important to use other sources of information to fact-check and confirm that these themes are real. Similarly, some AI tools can only grab content from a set time date, so information may not be entirely up-to-date.

Reference: Touro University Libraries

A Brief History of Artificial Intelligence by Bootstrap Labs


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