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What's a Good Use for GAI?

Chat GPT, Bing's CoPilot, Gemini (once Bard), Byte, and other AI tools are out there. These are all large language model AI tools.

A large language model (LLM) is a type of generative artificial intelligence (GAI) algorithm that uses deep learning techniques and massively large data sets to summarize, predict, and generate content. The GAI does not create new ideas, 'think,' or understand, but it can be useful to locate or summarize existing information.

AI is a good mimic and detector of patterns, so it can do a great job finishing sentences like "The first president to have their State of the Union speech televised was...". It doesn't "think." So, although GAI can sound confident while it’s predicting an answer, it may provide wrong answers. If it trained on a website that reported about the speech Thomas Jefferson gave on TV in 1801, the LLM might provide that as the answer. (Even though TV was not around in 1801). They may also 'invent' articles and can attribute them to real authors and actual journals. It can be dangerous to trust the answers unless you already have some knowledge of the topic.

GAI training is selected by humans and can reflect human biases and gaps in knowledge. This is one reason LLMs can reinforce stereotypes. For example, if all the training data included doctors as White men and nurses as Black women, the LLM might respond to queries that all doctors and nurses were those combinations, despite what facts, experience, or logic would be clear to a human.

Learn How to Better Prompt Generative AI

Generative AI is not intelligent. It doesn't 'understand' your question or it's answer. It was created to provide persuasive guesses, not facts. However if you provide background for your AI tool, it will be better able to guess what is useful to you.

tips to promt AI include setting the scene, being specific, using simple language, explain desired output, refine your prompt

Generating Better Prompts for Educators

Here are some tips for Educators.

Tips for educations include setting the scene, being specific about the results desired, avoid jargon, provide feedback to revise the results

Some Things LLMs are Good at

Questions to consider before using generative AI.

flow chart encouraging students to use AI if it's OK in the class, improves the students work and doesn't replace student work

Things LLMs can be good at:

  • Getting new ideas or options concerning an idea or course of action
  • Getting background on a new topic
  • Writing a draft email
  • Answering simple math or fact-based questions
  • Summarizing an existing piece of text
  • Producing text quickly, although not always accurately
  • Producing assignment examples to aid in student understanding

Things LLMs are not good at (but might get better at):

  • Locating scholarly articles published in the last 2 years
  • Excluding exaggerations or lies published on the Internet
  • Creating something new (not just a summary of existing text)
  • Writing a paper a student could truthfully say was their own work
  • Evaluating the accuracy of Internet content

Learn Good Prompts for AI

One way to write a prompt is to provide the LLM with this information:

  • Role (act as…)
  • Task (summary of what the AI needs to do)
  • Requirements (what the results  needs to include/be)
  • Instructions (what the AI should do to act on the prompt)

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