Elwin Loomis

AI is not Cheating

My students are starting to use AI for their work.
Dismayed, fearing that it was cheating and undermining learning.
the teacher looked down at their coffee,

Taking a sip of my coffee, I replied
"I would not only let them, but also encourage it."

AI tools can be a great asset for students and professionals alike, as long as they use them responsibly and ethically.

Some tips on how to do that:

โ˜ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—œโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. Donโ€™t pretend that you wrote everything by yourself. Use different colors, fonts, or tracking features to show what the AI generated and what you edited or added.
โ˜ ๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—œโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. Use footnotes or comments detailing what prompt you used and how you modified/edited/enhanced the results. Cite any sources that the AI provided or used.
โ˜ ๐—ฉ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—œโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜. Donโ€™t blindly trust what the AI tells you. Do your own research and check the facts and logic of the AIโ€™s output. Use independent sources and methods to verify the information. Be prepared either in a summary at the end to demonstrate your diligence and validation.

The LLM AIs like Bing/ChatGPT/Bard, are powerful editors, co-creators, and generative partners, that can be used today to give us superpowers. There is no need to hide that you are using them. But they are not perfect and they are not human. Call out how youโ€™ve worked with them, to save time and create a better work product. Ultimately working with these tools can give you the time to be more human, and creative.

What do you think? Do you use AI tools for your work? How do you ensure that you are using them ethically and effectively? Let me know in the comments below.


Ok I am drinking my own champagne (http://bit.ly/2QPPmz8) here. Bing Chat helped me create this post, It also created the image for this post. In the comments below I will post my entire chat with Bing along with, colors that show the edits from the original post. Along with the exact prompt to create the image.

Here is the original linkedin post and comments: https://bit.ly/3oNIOTA