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OpenAI admits that AI writing detectors don’t work

Accepted submission by Freeman at 2023-09-08 16:36:12 from the burn it all down dept.
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Last week, OpenAI published tips for educators [] in a promotional blog post that shows how some teachers are using ChatGPT [] as an educational aid, along with suggested prompts to get started. In a related FAQ [], they also officially admit what we already know: AI writing detectors don't work, despite frequently being used to punish students [] with false positives.

In a section of the FAQ titled "Do AI detectors work?", OpenAI writes [], "In short, no. While some (including OpenAI) have released tools that purport to detect AI-generated content, none of these have proven to reliably distinguish between AI-generated and human-generated content."

In July, we covered [] in depth why AI writing detectors such as GPTZero don't work, with experts calling them "mostly snake oil."
That same month, OpenAI discontinued [] its AI Classifier, which was an experimental tool designed to detect AI-written text. It had an abysmal 26 percent accuracy rate.

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