Generative AI is changing rapidly and it is important to keep in mind that content created by AI tools is the result of a predictive model; content is not necessarily accurate, unbiased, up to date, or ethical or legal to pass off as your own work.
Specific challenges of GenAI:
Always fact check content provided by an AI tool!
Keeping the challenges and limitations of GenAI in mind, here are things that generative AI tools can do:
If you're going to use a GenAI tool or platform, be sure to use your critical thinking skills. This list of things to keep in mind, adapted from an NPR article from June 2023, is a good start:
Privacy: Be cautious about sharing any personal information with AI tools. These platforms may use your input for training AI models, and companies developing these models may have access to what you enter. Are you comfortable with your input data or prompts being shared?
Purpose: What are you using the software to create? Are you asking an image generator to copy the style of a living artist, for example? Or using it in a class without your teacher's knowledge? Consider the ethical implications of your use case and if you are unsure whether your use case is allowed in an academic context, refer to the UC San Diego standards for academic integrity.
Disclosure: If you're sharing your AI-generated content on social media, have you made it clear this content is computer-generated? What would happen if they were shared further without that disclosure?