ChatGPT: Useful tool or easy way out?

AI influences academic and professional worlds following increased usage.

Featured Image: Mel Lhuillier | Marlin Chronicle

As an AI language model, ChatGPT has revolutionized the way we interact with technology. With its ability to process natural language inputs and generate coherent responses, ChatGPT has quickly become a go-to tool for people seeking answers to their questions or looking for intelligent conversation partners. 

One of the most significant advantages of ChatGPT is its versatility. It can be used in a wide range of applications, from customer service chatbots to virtual assistants and language translation tools. 

ChatGPT’s ability to understand and generate responses in multiple languages makes it an invaluable tool for businesses and individuals operating in an increasingly globalized world. 

Furthermore, ChatGPT’s ability to learn and adapt over time is a game-changer. Its machine learning algorithms allow it to continually improve its responses and better understand the nuances of human language. This means that as users interact with ChatGPT, it becomes more accurate and efficient in its responses, making it an indispensable tool for anyone seeking quick and reliable information.

Despite its many benefits, some have raised concerns about the potential risks of AI language models like ChatGPT. 

There are concerns that these models could be used to spread disinformation or perpetuate biases if not trained and monitored correctly. However, the developers behind ChatGPT have taken steps to address these concerns, including implementing bias detection and mitigation tools and partnering with human moderators to ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of its responses.

In conclusion, ChatGPT is a remarkable achievement in the field of AI language models. Its versatility, adaptability, and accuracy make it an invaluable tool for anyone seeking information or engaging in conversation. 

While concerns about its potential risks should not be ignored, the developers behind ChatGPT are working diligently to address these concerns and ensure that it continues to be a safe and reliable tool for years to come.


The article above was written entirely by Open AI’s ChatGPT. This was the first time I used ChatGPT to generate anything and I was impressed with the program’s remarkable ability to write, and the speed at which it is able to do so. 

It is not difficult to understand why ChatGPT is taking the academic and higher-learning world by storm, and Virginia Wesleyan is no exception. As impressive as the AI generator is, it poses a major threat to academic institutions both public and private when students use it to complete their assignments, as they are not applying reading, writing and research skills they might have otherwise learned in the classroom. 

Students must be careful using ChatGPT, especially for research papers; many have criticized the AI for providing false information.

Moreover, it will make a college degree worth less than what it is now, to the extent that employers may no longer consider the writing or even the research abilities of potential job candidates when hiring. 

Institutions of higher education and their faculty might be able to assure student learning by altering their methods of measuring student achievement. Already, I have heard from others about how their professors implemented in-person testing methods rather than giving paper-writing assignments for fear of ChatGPT. 

Regardless of one’s opinions on ChatGPT, it, and other AI programs, are likely to continue to improve and be implemented into nearly every facet of our personal and professional lives, for better or for worse.

Christian Palmisano is a sophomore History major. He enjoys playing video games and  listening to music in his free time. Contact him at

By Christian Palmisano