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Plagiarism is defined as “the practice of taking someone else’s work or idea and passing it off as your own.” This definition was written way before AI and chatbots, even before Joe Biden stole British politician Neil Kinnock’s speech back in 1987.

Today, we live in a world where’s there’s so much intellectual theft and plagiarism, that it has become epidemic. From academic writing to blog posts, from technology to music, from computer programming to marketing, plagiarism is everywhere.

AI-assisted articles and essays might be tempting if you’re a student, but you can still be accused of plagiarism. There are many AI plagiarism checkers out there now, and most schools use some form of plagiarism detector.

For some businesses, plagiarism is often overlooked if it helps the bottom line. An ad agency might encourage it – if it’s not copyrighted. If you write blogs, it is neither smart nor ethical to plagiarize unless you credit your source.

Plagiarism In School

Similarity detection services like Turnitin compare a student’s work with other resources on the internet. Over 16,000 universities and schools submit documents to Turnitin, which then scores the writing for originality against a database of prior submissions and content.

Sometimes, Turnitin gets it wrong and gives the student a false positive. While having too high a similarity score doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a plagiarist, it may mean you are relying on too many quotes or secondary sources. As a guide, somewhere between 15-20% might be a good score to aim for.

Schools take plagiarism very seriously. As tempting as AI-assisted writing may be, it’s not worth taking a chance If you want a  passing grade.

Plagiarism At Work

Using AI to write an assignment or blog isn’t technically plagiarism because no original work is being copied. However, because chatbots like ChatGPT draw their data from a variety of sources like Wikipedia, books, news articles, scientific journals, blog posts, etc. – it can still be considered plagiarism.

ChatGPT isn’t able to write unique, insightful articles and blogs from scratch – at least not yet. But it can generate text quickly. Plus, it can give you many ideas and headlines for blog posts.

Also, chatbots may use words that sound out of place or do not make sense.  Additionally, ChatGPT can only generate text based on the input it has been trained on, which means it may not be able to cover all possible topics or provide original insights. Therefore, while ChatGPT can be a useful tool for generating ideas or assisting with writer’s block, it should not be relied on for producing high-quality, original content.

As technology continues to evolve, AI chatbots will also adapt to provide more features and benefits for their users. Right now, we recommend that you use it as a tool rather than a replacement. What about tomorrow?

The way chatbots are advancing, if you write for a living, maybe you should start thinking about a new resume. You can even have a chatbot write it.