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A lot has been said recently on ChatGPT being used for homework,
from passing an MBA exam, to failing at French philosophy.
While suggestions have been made that ChatGPT could do anything
from writing your essays to replacing traditional search engines,
it is always best to take such sweeping statements with a grain of
salt. Answers from ChatGPT are limited to the data it has been
trained on, which means it currently has limited ability to deal
with data generated post-2021. As with many AI applications,
explainability can pose an issue for the model, and the bot
struggles to provide sources for its answers. Occasionally, the
answers it generates are completely wrong, and the chatbot will
convincingly lie to you.
I decided to try some patent trainee homework using
perplexity.ai, a ChatGPT based search engine, and asked the
question: What is the compliance period for a divisional patent in
the UK? The website confidently responded that “From
Monday 1st May 2023, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) will
attribute to a divisional application filed on that date or after,
a compliance period of 12 months from its filing date.”
This answer, while clearly worded, is also incorrect. Whilst
ChatGPT has correctly noted that there will be a change in the UK
compliance period on 1st May 2023, the change will in fact mean
that divisional applications will be accorded a compliance period
equal to the original and un-extended compliance period of the
parent application. While it is essential to refer to legal
sources, it is notable that checking my regular search engine
quickly highlighted this error.
So, although ChatGPT is an incredible tool that can assist you
in answering questions and generating text, at the moment it needs
a human with good understanding of the subject to review any
generated content. Therefore, if you want to play with using
ChatGPT to do your homework, it is advisable to refer back to your
trusted search engine and double check your (its) working out.
program banned by schools in New York could put an end to homework,
according to Elon Musk.
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