Some universities ditch AI detectors amid accuracy fears

Universities in the United States are going back to the drawing board to figure out how to stop their students using ChatGPT to write essays, after giving up on AI detectors over accuracy concerns, writes Tom Carter for Business Insider.

Several major universities have stopped using AI detection tools provided by anti-plagiarism company Turnitin over fears that the technology could lead to students being falsely accused of cheating, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The decisions come despite the soaring popularity of ChatGPT with students and the increasing concerns among educators that it is fuelling a cheating epidemic. “After several months of using and testing this tool, meeting with Turnitin and other AI leaders, and talking to other universities who also have access, Vanderbilt has decided to disable Turnitin’s AI detection tool for the foreseeable future,” Vanderbilt University said in a blog post published in August.
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