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Are Algorithmically-Generated Term Papers the Next Big Challenge to Academic Integrity?

February 12, 2020 / Jeffrey R. Young

There’s a new application of AI in education, and educators aren’t going to like it. A growing number of companies now let students outsource their homework to a bot—or, more specifically, an algorithm that writes term papers for them based on chosen keywords. For instance, after subscribing to a service called EssaySoft, you can tell its essay generator to write a paper on, say, “symbolism in the great Gatsby” (or whatever you need for class). Then you enter how many words you want the final paper to be, select other specs from drop-down menus (set research depth to “low” if you want the machine to return an answer as fast as possible), and click “Generate Essay.”