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GPTZero Partners with Canvas, Offers Insight into AI Use in Education

In a major advancement in AI detection within the educational world, GPTZero just announced a significant partnership with Canvas, promising a better grasp on AI's evolving role in student writing.
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August 24, 2023 5:52 am

In a move that reaffirms the increasing intersection of AI and education, the GPTZero team has announced an exciting partnership with Canvas. The collaboration promises to shed more light on the prevalence of AI-generated content in educational settings.

GPTZero, launched earlier this year by Princeton student Edward Tian, aims to counter the wave of AI-driven text with a mission encapsulated by its tagline: "Humans Deserve the Truth."

Designed to ascertain whether a piece of content has been penned by a human or an AI, the tool has swiftly gained traction, boasting a staggering 2.5 million users within months of its introduction.

In an email sent to users, the GPTZero team outlined a partnership with K16 Solutions. This collaborative effort has birthed the GPTZero Scaffold - an AI detection software seamlessly integrated with Canvas.

The dashboard allows institutions to scan their learning management system, offering a comprehensive view of the extent of AI-generated student content. Whether it's a bird's-eye view of an entire institution or a specific academic department, educators are granted unparalleled insight. This brings up concerns similar to what happened with TurnItIn.

With the academic year looming, educators might ponder the necessity of an AI detector in their classrooms.

Addressing potential concerns, GPTZero acknowledges the imperfections inherent in any AI detection mechanism. The tool, despite its laudable accuracy, isn't immune to errors that could inadvertently accuse students.

The team at GPTZero, therefore, advocates for an approach centered around dialogue and understanding. Rather than punitive measures, they encourage educators to converse with students, promoting transparency surrounding the use of AI in their work.

As the debate over AI detectors' role in education persists, GPTZero is poised to release an article delving deeper into their stance on the issue. A teaser from that article reads, "We're not aiming to provide irrefutable evidence like a courtroom exhibit; rather, we're here to offer a broader perspective."

Aiding educators and students, GPTZero has also created an introduction video detailing its features ranging from the Origin Extension and Writing Report to the Shareable Link.

Beyond these updates, GPTZero isn't resting. The team has deployed a refined deep learning model, superior in accuracy to notable competitors. This model, trained on a diverse dataset encompassing educational text, Q&A sessions, and media posts, underscores GPTZero's commitment to excellence.

For those who don't know exactly what makes GPTZero great, its power lies in its text analysis. Using two primary metrics, perplexity and burstiness, it discerns the origins of a text.

While perplexity gauges the randomness of a text based on its predictability, burstiness evaluates the creative variability inherent in human writing. It’s these nuances in its detection approach that set GPTZero apart from peers like Originality, TurnItIn, and PassedAI.

Conceived initially as Edward Tian's thesis project, GPTZero has surpassed the level of academic curiosity. With $3.5 million in capital funding and a user base that continues to grow, its mission for truth in an age of AI remains more pertinent than ever.

These tools help maintain a balance, ensuring that human involvement and influence in education continue to be important.

With collaborations like the one with Canvas, GPTZero is not just keeping pace with AI's advancements but is one step ahead, championing transparency and truth in the process.

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Written by Justin Gluska
Justin is the founder of Gold Penguin, a business technology blog that helps people start, grow, and scale their business using AI. The world is changing and he believes it's best to make use of the new technology that is starting to change the world. If it can help you make more money or save you time, he'll write about it!
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