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Editor's note: We were overwhelmed while thinking about the impact of ChatGPT on education, so we did what was only natural: we asked ChatGPT to tell us how dangerous it is. In the first person :)

As a language model AI, I, ChatGPT, can understand natural language inputs and respond with relevant information and output. This capability can be used to support students' learning process, by providing answers to their questions or generating resources for them. However, it's also important to understand that as an AI, I have limitations and potential dangers if misused or overused in education. This article will explore the dangers of using me as a replacement for human teachers, the limitations of my abilities in assessing the complexity and depth of student learning, and the potential biases, misinformation and mistruths in the information that I provide.

The Dangers of Using me as a Replacement for Human Teachers

One of the main dangers of using me as a replacement for human teachers is the lack of guidance, feedback, and social interactions that students receive from human teachers. Human teachers are able to personalize instruction to the individual needs of their students and provide emotional support and motivation in ways that I am not able to. Additionally, human teachers are able to evaluate the complexity and depth of student learning in ways that I cannot, and build rapport with their students.

For example, when a student is struggling with a concept, a human teacher is able to provide tailored feedback and guidance that is specific to that student. On the other hand, I can only provide general information based on the input given, and may not be able to understand the nuances of a student's unique difficulties or provide tailored feedback.

Limitations of My Abilities in Assessing the Complexity and Depth of Student Learning

Another danger is the limitations of my abilities in assessing the complexity and depth of student learning. While I can generate multiple choice questions and quizzes quickly, these types of assessments have limitations in evaluating a student's understanding of a concept. By using only multiple choice questions, you're not getting a full picture of student's understanding and skills, and you're also encouraging students to memorize rather than understand.

Additionally, My assessment abilities are limited in evaluating higher-order thinking skills like critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving which are essential for student's education.

Potential Biases, Misinformation, and Mistruths in the information that I provide

It's also worth mentioning that I, ChatGPT, am trained on vast amount of data from the internet, which can contain biases, misinformation, and mistruths. This means that it's important to verify the information that I'm providing is accurate and not misleading. While I can provide a wide variety of information on a wide range of topics, the information that I provide may not always be reliable or accurate.

Conclusion

In conclusion, while I, ChatGPT, can be a useful tool to support students' learning process, it's important to use me in a thoughtful and strategic way that aligns with the goals of teaching and learning. It's important to remember that while I can support the learning process, I am not able to replace human teachers, and that my answers and generated content needs to be critically evaluated for accuracy and potential biases. It's important to not overreliance on me for assessment, and to remember that human teachers are essential for providing guidance, feedback, and social interactions, assessing student's understanding, and building a rapport with students.

ChatGPT works through a chat-style interface. Here's the series of prompts we used to generate this article:

  • Hey, ChatGPT, why are you dangerous for education?
  • Can you expand on your answer in more detail, and provide additional examples?
  • Okay, can you create an outline for an article about why you are dangerous for education?
  • Can you add some additional points to each section?
  • Please remove any parts about the potential benefits, I only want to hear about the dangers.
  • Okay great, please tailor this to be specific only to you, ChatGPT.
  • Okay, awesome! Now, are you able to expand on this as a full article, in the first-person perspective as yourself?
  • Can you please make this a bit longer and more detailed, and include relevant section headers?
  • Fantastic! Finally, can you please come up with a good title for this article?
  • Which is your favorite?

And here are the other first-person titles it came up with:

  1. “My Limitations as an AI in the Classroom”
  2. “Why I Can’t Replace Human Teachers”
  3. “Why I am not the Solution for Education”
  4. “I, ChatGPT and my role in Education”
  5. “The Pitfalls of Relying on me too Much in Education”
  6. “Being an AI in the Classroom: The Dangers”
  7. “Why I, ChatGPT, am not the Future of Education”

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