Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a powerful tool with great potential to revolutionize the field of education. It offers unique opportunities to enhance teaching, learning, and research. This site provides an overview of the responsible use of AI at the University of Hawaiʻi.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)-The development of intelligent software capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence.

Chatbot-A software application designed to hold a conversation with human users.

ChatGPT-Is an AI chatbot that uses natural language processing to create humanlike conversational dialogue.

Language Model-A statistical tool that analyzes patterns in large amounts of text and learns how words fit together in sentences.

While AI has been around for quite some time, the release of ChatGPT in November 2022 provided access to an easy-to-use chatbot to the masses, including students. The chatbot uses sophisticated language models capable of generating human-like text. However, careful planning and execution is necessary to ensure ethical use, data privacy, and equitable outcomes for students. AI can produce many different types of work including text, images, code, music, and video.

Accuracy-AI is known to hallucinate by providing users with false, misleading, incomplete or incorrect information. AI systems can and do make mistakes, and these mistakes can have serious consequences. Always evaluate information generated by AI for credibility.

Bias-AI tools can have systematic errors because they've been trained on biased and incomplete information. They have the potential to discriminate, perpetuate biases, and exacerbate existing inequalities.

Digital Divide-A barrier is created for those who do not have access to AI tools and resources.

Ethics-AI-generated content can make it difficult to determine who created a piece of work. This poses challenges in terms of accountability for the content created, as well as issues related to plagiarism and academic integrity.

AI can raise privacy concerns due to the fact that it collects and stores data. Some AI tools skirt data privacy violations with their data collection and use practices. Be cautious of sharing personal information when using AI tools. When interacting with generative AI (gAI) models, you should be cautious about supplying sensitive information, including personal, confidential or proprietary information or data. AI prompts and conversations belong to the AI tool and are used in their research and development.

For this reason, please:

  • Do not include any PII (personal identifiable information) in your AI prompts
  • Do not include student work directly into an AI prompt
  • Do not include sensitive information in a AI prompt
  • Do not add AI chatbots to attend, record, or summarize virtual meetings or class sessions.

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