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How to Avoid AI Detection (When Using ChatGPT)

AI detection is a controversial subject. If you use ChatGPT to write papers and articles you can avoid AI detection by using GPT-4
Updated April 9, 2024
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The application of AI in virtually every part of the technological world continues to grow each day. Tools like ChatGPT have already weaved its way deep into many of our daily lives. Once you learn how to use it... you're pretty much unstoppable. It just makes life so much easier. Work, school, business, writing, you name it. You get 4x done in half the time.

What's tricky about ChatGPT is the emergence of AI detectors that came to market quickly after. Tools like Originality and TurnItIn have exploded since last November and are only improving their models based on more samples of ChatGPT they get.

The thing is, these detection models really work by analyzing patterns. Imagine training a really smart robot on every single textbook ever invented.

The robot would absorb vast amounts of information, learning not just the content but also the style, tone, and nuances of each text. As it processes this information, it develops an intricate understanding of how language and information are structured.

AI detection tools, much like this hypothetical robot, scan content for patterns that might indicate its origin. For instance, if someone were to use ChatGPT to draft an essay or report, these detection tools would look for specific signatures or tendencies typical of ChatGPT-generated content. By cross-referencing these patterns against the vast datasets they've been trained on, these models can often deduce if a particular piece of text has been generated by an AI.

This ability is invaluable in academic and professional settings where originality is prized, ensuring that the work submitted is genuine and not machine-generated. However, as AI continues to evolve and diversify in its writing style, the game of cat and mouse between generators and detectors will only intensify, pushing the boundaries of what machines can achieve and how we verify authenticity.

As the technological tango between AI generators and detectors continues, many individuals find themselves in a conundrum. They want to leverage AI tools to optimize their productivity, but at the same time, they need to ensure their work remains undetected and authentic (at least... as long as these detectors are a thing.)

This isn't about promoting dishonesty but rather understanding the nuances of the tools we use and navigating the modern digital landscape with finesse. If you've ever wondered how you can benefit from AI's efficiency without raising the eyebrows of detection algorithms, you're not alone.

Here are some invaluable tips to ensure your AI-assisted work stands up to the scrutiny of advanced detection systems.

Use The GPT-4 Version of ChatGPT

The progression in the GPT series clearly highlights the rapid advancements in AI language models. GPT-4 is newer & a LOT better at writing some insane stuff. I can't even comprehend how real it sometimes seems. The caveat about GPT-4 is it requires ChatGPT Plus, which costs $20.

While most AI detectors are pretty decent at picking up on GPT-4, sometimes it's a coin toss. If you're trying to reliably use ChatGPT in your writing and want to avoid detection, the absolute first thing you do should be ensuring you're using GPT-4.

Here's some benefits of GPT-4 writing:

  1. Evolved Language Patterns: Over time, each new iteration of GPT has improved its capability to mimic human-like language patterns. GPT-4, being a newer model, possesses a richer vocabulary, a more nuanced understanding of context, and a better grasp of intricate language structures than its predecessors. This makes its generated content less repetitive and more varied & harder to detect.
  2. Adaptive Learning: GPT-4 has been trained on more data than the earlier versions. This means it has a broader understanding of diverse writing styles, allowing users to generate content that feels more organic and less machine-generated.
  3. Error Reduction: One of the tell-tale signs of AI-generated content in earlier models was occasional factual inaccuracies or context mishaps. GPT-4, with its advanced training and refined algorithms, still contains such errors, but at a lower rate – making content appear more authentic.

While no tool is foolproof, opting for the GPT-4 version of ChatGPT increases your chances of producing content that resonates more naturally with human readers and eludes AI detectors.

Put Your Writing into an AI Bypassing Tool

Although detection accuracy can vary, with some leading to educational consequences, the tech community has responded with ingenious solutions to counteract everything going on.

The first one of these tools are Undetectable AI.

1) Undetectable AI

How It Works:

Undetectable AI is ingeniously streamlined. By simply pasting your content into the platform, within a minute, it revamps your writing to make it evade most AI detection tools. The principle is to paraphrase the phrasing and sentence structures, ensuring the output seems more human, even when the original content originates from AI.

Key Features:

  • Readability Level: Users can tailor their content's complexity, ranging from high school to doctorate level nuances. This can be paired with tones that align with specific professions, like college student or marketing-driven.
  • Purpose of Writing: This tool understands that content varies based on intent. Whether you're drafting essays, narratives, cover letters, or comprehensive business reports, it can reshape your content accordingly. Fancy a college-themed essay or a doctoral-grade business analysis? Undetectable AI has got you covered.
  • Readability vs. Human Scale: This is a critical aspect, especially when balancing detection evasion with comprehension. Opt for a "more readable" piece, and you get fluid sentences, but risk detection. Steer towards the "more human" side, and you have a unique piece, but occasionally harder to comprehend. The balanced option strikes a middle ground, optimizing for both intelligibility and uniqueness. Check out our full review.
  • Full SEO Article Generation: Beyond writing pages of undetectable AI writing, if you need to write full-length posts and still abide by not getting picked up in an AI detector, you should try out their AI SEO tool. It's fairly new and can write many pages of writing without getting detected.

2. HideMyAI:

HideMyAI is another alternative that does pretty much the same thing Undetectable AI does, but results are slightly different with each tool.

Articles put through HideMyAI consistently managed to acquire a "human-written" classification by detectors across Hugging Face and Originality.ai.

How It Works:

  • Expression Variety: HideMyAI isn't just about simple rewrites. It can take your idea and say it in different ways, using other words and changing up the sentence structure. You can choose to keep the changes simple or get a bit more creative. Regardless, it makes sure your main idea stays the same.
  • Avoiding AI Detection: The tool makes your content seem like it was written by a person, not a machine. Tests with tools like Originality, CopyLeaks, and pretty much every other popular tool show that HideMyAI is pretty good at this. Check out our full review.

Paraphrase Everything

Because of cookie-cutter ChatGPT writing, the art of paraphrasing has also blown up. It's really as simple as taking an existing piece of content and revamping it in a fresh, original manner while preserving the underlying meaning.

Imagine you read a dense, technical article that you want to share with a friend, but you know they might not understand it. Here's where paraphrasing comes into play: it lets you take that article and rewrite it in simpler terms, making it more accessible.

Now, why might you want to paraphrase? There are a few key reasons:

  1. Understanding: Often, rephrasing complex information in your own words can aid in better comprehension.
  2. Originality: With the vast expanse of content available online, creating unique content is paramount. Paraphrasing can help avoid plagiarism issues and make your content stand out.
  3. Flexibility: It allows you to tailor your message for different audiences. A technical document might be transformed into a more general one for wider appeal.

Enter tools like QuillBot, a super quick way of doing this automatically. It reimagines and enhances sentences, articles, and even extensive paragraphs. It’s like having a personal editor who understands the nuances of your content and crafts it to perfection.

QuillBot is especially handy for students, writers, and professionals, as it not only rephrases but offers features like grammar checking, content summarization, and more.

However, as valuable as tools like QuillBot are, the essence of paraphrasing remains a human touch. It's the skill of understanding context, emotional undertones, and the cultural nuances that AI is still catching up to.

The key to effective paraphrasing lies in a blend of human intuition and the assistance of advanced tools. You can't replace a human yet.

Add Human Touch

Going back to what I just said at the end... nothing beats a human. (yes, you)

While digital tools are excellent aids, they can't replicate the depth, perspective, and richness of human experience. Every individual has a unique way of perceiving and conveying information, influenced by their backgrounds, experiences, and values. When humans paraphrase, they inject a bit of themselves, their understanding, and their worldviews into the content. This personal touch makes the content relatable and authentic.

While tools like QuillBot have revolutionized how we approach writing and paraphrasing, offering convenience and efficiency, the essence of meaningful communication still hinges on the human touch.

Like seriously, spending 10 minutes editing the research, outlines, or paragraphs ChatGPT gave you can really change everything. I use ChatGPT every day. It outlines my articles, helps me get through writers block, and speeds up so many other aspects of my life. When I fine tune the results, it really adds the missing touch. You can't rely on these tools completely yet, especially if you want to avoid AI detection.

While detection tools really are questionable, you might as well safeguard yourself from getting caught and avoid AI detection. Really just spending a few extra minutes can change the outcome of an entire piece of writing.

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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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