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AI Can Pass the MBA Exam, Wharton Professor Says

In the wake of ChatGPT uproar, its abilities (and limits) are becoming better understood

OpenAI’s ChatGPT passed the Master of Business Administration (MBA) exam according to a news report from NBC. Professor Christian Terwiesch of Wharton, who conducted the research and authored a paper on the matter, said that the bot scored somewhere in the B range on the exam, and that this has major implications for education.

The report is just another in a flux of news and concerns about AI invading the spheres of education and academia. Terwiesch wrote,

[The bot’s score shows] remarkable ability to automate some of the skills of highly compensated knowledge workers in general and specifically the knowledge workers in the jobs held by MBA graduates including analysts, managers, and consultants.”

Despise its apparent advancement, the bot did make some “surprising” mistakes at the level of middle-school math. The bot, then, is far from perfect and can’t always be trusted.

Terwiesch thinks AI can be constructively used in higher education, and that teachers need to “reimagine” how humans and artificial intelligence might cooperate. Other educators and policymakers aren’t so optimistic, however, as the recent ban of ChatGPT in the state of New York indicates. Software engineers are coming up with creative ways to detect and regulate the chatbot in order to fight plagiarism, but even their methods aren’t perfect.

Regardless of opinion, the chatbot extraordinaire is influential. It racked up 1 million users within just 5 days of its appearance. Students are using it for papers and tests. Visual artists are concerned about copyright issues. OpenAI’s new wonders have revived a worldwide interest in AI and the implications such advanced, “human-like” technology will have in various spheres of society, and for humanity itself.

But, as Robert J. Marks notes in this week’s Mind Matters Podcast, there are certain human attributes will never be computed to AI. Things like love, empathy, and understanding are unique to the human being. Even as the AI becomes ever more anthropomorphized, Marks says don’t let it fool you—humans are still exceptional.

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AI Can Pass the MBA Exam, Wharton Professor Says