ChatGPT is a large language model chatbot by OpenAI. It’s quite sophisticated at answering questions, including defining terms and writing and diagnosing code! You are welcome to sign up for an account and use it this semester (for example, you can ask it “What is a relational database?”). However, there are some rules:
- You can’t use it during exams. Exams are still closed books, closed notes.
- For coding assignments, you have to follow the style and substance of the examples and exercises given in this class.
Think of ChatGPT as another student in the class – you can ask for some friendly help with a specific issue, but you have to do your own work! You can always ask me or the ITA if you need a definitive answer!
Also, here are some caveats:
- Like everything else on the web, ChatGPT’s answers can be flat-out wrong, so be careful.
- It also won’t tell you the sources it used to inform its answer, which means you shouldn’t use or cite it as a source or use its answers verbatim, or you could be inadvertently plagiarizing!