This experiment interested me because technology is one of my biggest passions. Recently artificial intelligence, or AI, has taken the world by storm. With developments in text-to-image generators and chatbots, the opportunities are endless.
We can use AI tools to boost our creativity in ways we never thought possible. I have used it to help with coding, brainstorming article titles, and even whole essays to showcase its capabilities.
The purpose of this experiment is to help people (including me) better understand just how far artificial intelligence has developed. I hypothesized that people could not differentiate between AI-generated text and human-created text. The questions ranged from news stories and articles to poems and quotes. The results of the experiment proved my hypothesis. After surveying 205 people with ten questions (six written by ChatGPT and four written by a human), the average score was 44.2%, a failing grade. The highest score was 80% or a B. There was also a significant difference between personal and non-personal texts. Every personal question (for example, my day at the beach with my dad or my experience with migraine headaches) had twice as many responses saying they were human-written than non-personal questions (for example, how to protect your iCloud data and a recap of the 9/11 attacks). In short, most people cannot consistently tell the difference between text written by artificial intelligence and by humans.
The results of this experiment are intriguing as it is becoming easier every day to create seemingly realistic content with artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT. This can be very good or very bad. On one hand, this can be beneficial for society because it is now easier than ever for people to share their opinions without needing to understand the language or subject. On the other hand, artificial intelligence being everywhere can make it hard to tell if what people are creating is real or just generated by a computer. The future of creativity is changing drastically, and we must discover how to embrace these changes and use them to our advantage.