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Impact of ChatGPT on Education : Is it the New Face of the EdTech Industry?

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Harshil Gala, CEO, Navneet TopTech & Manish Mohta, Managing Director, Learning Spiral

Simply put, ChatGPT is free software that may be used on any internet-connected device. Programmed to be used as a chatbot, ChatGPT comes with many benefits. From a real-life like interaction ability to creating content within minutes, this platform has the potential to work wonders for many sectors. The main feature of ChatGPT is its ability to connect people through text messages. This means that you will always have a helping hand in the form of ChatGPT as it lends its ear for interaction 24/7. It also means that you can get answers quickly from experts because they are right there in front of you!

ChatGPT is built on GPT (Generative Pretrained Transformer), making it a mutually interactive AI bot. In fact, ChatGPT is said to be the world’s best AI Bot. ChatGPT is built by OpenAI, a company that believes in providing solutions through using AI.

Launched in November 2022, ChatGPT brought a massive revolution in the world, making things easy for all. Giving access to using good language and classy words, ChatGPT helped everyone in becoming their author and editor. This social learning platform also allows users to engage and interact with each other in real time. The chatbot feature of ChatGPT can also be used as a virtual tutor to help individuals in understanding topics in an online class or seminar. The concept does sound cool and engrossing, but it has its limitations.

The pandemic proved advantageous for the development of technology. Since the transformation has occurred so quickly in recent years, professionals, students, and even teachers now have easier access to materials thanks to technology. Even though we have worked so hard to keep technology out of the house, it has now led to more serious injustices and distractions, whether they are experienced at home, at offices, or even in classrooms. On a brighter note, technology will be around for a while, good or bad. Businesses, residences, and even schools must change to fit the modern environment where innovations are constantly being offered.

 

The Journey 

A new player, ChatGPT, entered the education market, which was already experiencing considerable upheavals following the pandemic. In 2022, OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research and development organization, made ChatGPT publicly available to the public, making it especially useful for students who are now all digital natives. It’s easy to use ChatGPT; when a human user types in queries or instructions, the AI analyses the language and produces responses based on neural network data. Although the method is simple, not all of the information on the site is true. Students must grasp how to use ChatGPT properly at this point.

ChatGPT has the uncanny ability to interact with users crossing the ever-present barrier of human and machine interaction. This means that ChatGPT can understand and respond to its users, giving them the feeling of having a direct conversation with another person on the other side.

 

The Impact

Education is one big division to which the maximum number of users in ChatGPT belongs. Students and writers have started to use this AI platform for their essays and presentations. Although the motive behind the development of this platform was to help improve users’ knowledge bank and enhance their capital earning capabilities, it also has many cons in its repertoire.

The one big concern is the prediction of ending requirements for content writers. Because ChatGPT is a great substitute for content writing and interaction, content writers worldwide face the chance of being replaced by an AI.  Along with this, there is also a high probability of users being utterly dependent on ChatGPT to get their tasks done within minutes. After all, what one has to do is give direct instructions on the kind of data they want. It’s as simple as that!

Many educational experts have raised the concern that ChatGPT reduces learners’ efficiency in absorbing new things. Because they now have a platform to get most of their homework done instantly, the concept of “working hard” is on the verge of being replaced with “get work done by smart bots.”

At the same time, the platform offers numerous advantages to both teachers and students. For teachers who can communicate with pupils in real time successfully and efficiently, communication will be important. This can involve anything from responding to inquiries to finding pertinent data. ChatGPT is more similar to Google but offers immediate, clear, and brief replies. Students who struggle with grammar and writing in the social media age can also benefit from the programme. As a result, ChatGPT can assess work and offer feedback, providing teachers more time to develop interesting lesson plans and devote more attention to students. Children who frequently turn to Siri for assistance can now access another source for in-depth knowledge, resources, and speedy solutions. Although the platform cannot be used as a citeable source, it can be utilized as a Wikipedia-style resource to develop or improve general knowledge and act as a starting point.

 

The Future

We must weigh the benefits and drawbacks of new technologies as tech-savvy people. Many believe that there are significant limitations to the accuracy of the information and that using critical thinking, a crucial skill that is rapidly disappearing among students today due to access to technology, is more important than debating the speed of information recovery to individualized learning and a supplemental resource. The dependence on technology and information misuse are additional risks of using such sites. Today’s children severely lack unique thought; copy & paste is the norm. Technology specialists will have to wait to assess whether ChatGPT will genuinely help the education sector in the coming years.

Although ChatGPT is now used by millions of people daily, many countries have placed a ban on this platform. China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia have blocked ChatGPT. Talks are going on to bring forward a proper guideline backed by legislation on what kind of AI tools will be accepted by societal standards. This will help advance for a better future and maintain the reigns on said development. So, it won’t be farfetched to say that ChatGPT is not the new face of the EdTech Industry, nor should it be. It should be used in the same manner in which it was prepared for, as an AI tool to aid when stuck in hurdles, not as a writer’s substitute.

After all, we are looking to create a better world with AI as an assistant, not as a master.

To sum up, because everything is moving so quickly and is so fresh, there are far more questions than there are solutions. The future will see an acceleration of changes brought on by AI, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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