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Generative AI and Academic Integrity

The goal of this guide is to help students learn about the relationship between generative AI and academic integrity.

What is generative AI?

Generative AI, or Generative Artificial Intelligence, refers to a class of artificial intelligence techniques and models that are designed to generate new content, such as text, images, audio, or even video, that is similar to what might be created by humans. These AI systems use complex algorithms and neural networks to produce data rather than just processing or analyzing it.

Generative AI has a wide range of applications, including:

  • Text Generation: Creating human-like text, such as in chatbots, content generation, or language translation.

  • Image Generation: Producing realistic images or modifying existing ones, as seen in style transfer or generating artwork.

  • Music and Audio Generation: Composing music or generating speech.

  • Data Augmentation: Expanding datasets for machine learning by generating synthetic data.

  • Anomaly Detection: Identifying outliers in data by generating what's considered normal and flagging deviations.

  • Drug Discovery: Generating molecular structures and predicting their properties.

  • Content Creation: Generating content for video games, stories, and other creative media.

Generative AI has made significant advancements in recent years, but it also raises ethical and societal concerns, particularly regarding the generation of fake content, misinformation, and the potential for deepfakes. As a result, researchers and developers are working on ways to mitigate these risks and promote responsible use of generative AI technology.

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Examples of generative AI tools

Generative AI tools have gained popularity and have been applied in various domains. Here are some examples of generative AI tools and applications:

(Please note: These tools have not been reviewed or vetted for student use by the library or any other academic authority. Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement. Check with your professor before using any generative AI tool as part of your academic work.)

  1. Text Generation:

    • GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3): Developed by OpenAI, GPT-3 is a powerful language model that can generate human-like text. It has been used in a wide range of applications, including chatbots, content generation, and natural language understanding.
  2. Image Generation and Manipulation:

    • DeepDream: A Google project that uses neural networks to generate surreal and artistic images from existing pictures.
    • StyleGAN (Style Generative Adversarial Network): Used for generating and manipulating images, particularly in the creation of deepfake images.
  3. Music and Audio Generation:

    • Magenta: Developed by Google, Magenta is a research project focused on music and art generation. It includes tools for generating music and art using neural networks.
  4. Data Augmentation:

    • imgaug: A Python library that uses generative techniques to augment image datasets for machine learning.
  5. Anomaly Detection:

    • One-Class SVM (Support Vector Machine): Although not a generative model per se, it's used in anomaly detection by learning the characteristics of normal data and flagging deviations as anomalies.
  6. Content Creation:

    • Artbreeder: An online platform that allows users to create and manipulate images by blending existing ones using GAN technology.
    • DALL-E: Another creation from OpenAI, DALL-E is a text-to-image generator that can produce images from textual descriptions.
  7. Drug Discovery:

    • Generative Adversarial Networks for Drug Discovery: These models are used to generate molecular structures and predict their properties, aiding in drug discovery processes.
  8. Video Game Content:

    • Procedural Content Generation (PCG): Generative AI is used to create game environments, characters, and levels in video games, reducing the need for manual content creation.
  9. Storytelling and Narrative Generation:

    • Various AI tools, such as ChatGPT and similar models, are employed to assist in generating narratives, plotlines, and interactive storytelling in applications and games.

These are just a few examples, and the field of generative AI is continually evolving with new tools and applications emerging regularly. As AI technologies advance, generative AI is likely to become even more versatile and widespread in various industries.

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