It's really quite unbelievable, but artificial intelligence has recently gotten to the point where, given a question, it can give a stunningly coherent answer almost indistinguishable from a real human.
But there are several problems with this:
- It's not something that you wrote so you can't pass it off as your own work, even under the old rules. See our Help Article on plagiarism. While the AI that generated it could be attributed, the nature of AI is that it breaks down existing writing and reconstructs it, so it's not that simple to name a source.
- The responses may be stunningly coherent, but they're often wrong or misleading. Dangerous even: We intuitively expect someone fluent in English to be able to answer a lot of questions about English correctly, but AI breaks this pattern.
- Using the AI requires no particular expertise in any subject. Using AI to write answers that are upvoted means that you're getting credit for something you might have zero knowledge of, which flies in the face of the Stack Exchange model.
As a result, we (the ELU mod team) have decided to ban AI generated content. Don't post it! We have ways to know what you're doing, and there will be consequences.
If you think you've discovered AI generated content, please flag for moderator attention, preferably including the reasons you think it's AI.
This ban covers the main site — questions, answers, tag wikis, etc. It's fine to continue sharing funny quotes from ChatGPT in chat. (On the other hand, unfunny quotes...)
- Temporary policy: ChatGPT is banned (Meta Stack Overflow)
- Help Center article on GPT and ChatGPT (Stack Overflow)
- Ban ChatGPT network-wide (Meta Stack Exchange)
- Is there a list of ChatGPT or other AI-related discussions and policies for our sites? (Meta Stack Exchange)