ChatGPT Could Put People Who Write Essays for Cheating Students Out of Business

Outcheat the Cheat ChatGPT has become the go-to cheating tool for lousy students. And that potentially means trouble for the essay ghostwriters that cash in on the countless students willing to eschew academic integrity for a better grade, The Walrus reports. Indeed, OpenAI’s blockbuster chatbot — and generative AIs in general — may be the only thing capable of putting a dent in the mammoth cheating industry. Though its legality is dubious and varied, and some countries have even outlawed the practice, that hasn’t stopped cheating-for-hire from being a stupendously lucrative business. The pandemic solidified its status, during which students depended on these services even more, with one study cited by The Walrus finding that contract cheating increased nearly tenfold. During the lockdown, Chegg, the biggest name in the industry, was valued at a whopping $12 billion. The cynical commodification of educational institutions, their mounting costs, and their diminishing guarantee of landing alumni jobs despite positioning themselves as a barrier-to-entry into a competitive market may also drive students to do whatever they can to bag a degree. At least, that’s according to those in the contract cheating industry. “Colleges are basically businesses,” Bruce Ross, who runs the cheating service My Essay Writer, told the Walrus. “People look at what we do as a ‘no-no’ in a moral sense, but they don’t really question the ethics of what the school system is doing to a lot of the students, making these promises to them.” Academic Probation But lazy college students are right…ChatGPT Could Put People Who Write Essays for Cheating Students Out of Business

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