Universities As Vistas Of Intellectual Conflicts In The Age Of AI
In May 2023, we asked ChatGPT to “write a commencement speech for the president of Purdue University on the topic of AI,” after I finished drafting my own. What I wrote had almost no overlap with what AI did. I might be biased, but the AI version reads like a B- high school essay: a grammatically correct synthesis with little specificity, originality, or humor. Maybe most commencement speeches and strategic plans sound about the same: Universities have made it too easy for large language models! Maybe AI can remind us to try and be a little less boring in what we say and how we think. Smarter AI might lead to more interesting humans.
Originally published: May 30, 2023
Author: Mung Chiang
Institution: Purdue University
Published by: Forbes