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Edward Tian, a 22-year-old Toronto resident, was working furiously on a technology to identify ChatGPT abuse. The native of Etobicoke, who is majoring in computer science at Princeton University, has spent the previous several years researching GPT-3, an AI system that, like ChatGPT, generates language that is human-like.

In late November, when ChatGPT became available to the general public, Tian experimented with the technology with his pals.

Teachers began to worry that their pupils would turn in writings produced by a machine and that they would not be able to verify suspicions. This high level of expertise raised alarm bells for them. Tian saw this right away as well.

Fortunately, he had some free time over the Christmas break, so he sat down at a coffee shop in Etobicoke to take action. The end product is GPTZero, a programme that can determine whether or not anything was created by a person or a computer.

A user first copies and pastes content into the application. An assessment that gauges the writing’s complexity, inventiveness, and variety starts. The text was either produced by ChatGPT or a person, according to the score that GPTZero then returns.

The app became live on January 3. On Twitter, more than 7 million people watched it and more than 300,000 individuals attempted it. Teachers found that GPTZero was particularly effective at determining whether or not their pupils were actually writing their papers. Currently, Tian is creating a technology that is intended especially for teachers. There are currently 33,000 instructors on the waiting list for the product.