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April 7, 2024

The Future of AI

AI is now able to write college essays and pass bar exams
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courtesy to U.S department of state

AI (Artificial Intelligence) is a quickly developing tool, becoming increasingly popular with people in day-to-day life. Created by computer gaming and artificial intelligence pioneer Arthur Samuel, the original purpose of AI was to play checkers.

With AI becoming more powerful, sceptics have looked into just how efficient and accurate AI can be.

Reporter for the New York Times Natasha Singer tested the capabilities of HuggingChat, an AI chat model, by prompting the AI to answer supplemental essays from universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Dartmouth.

“HuggingChat churned out text with trite words and phrases…that seemed to me like the kind of stilted formal language a high school student might imagine a college admissions reviewer would want to read,” Singer wrote regarding HuggingChat’s response to Dathmouth’s essay prompt.

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In another investigation, Court House News reporter Dave Byrnes tested how well another AI chat model, GPT-4, could score on the U.S. bar exam, the examination students take to practice law.

“GPT-4 passed with flying colors in every field and test segment, even outperforming the average human student,” Byrnes wrote.

With AI being capable of writing effective essays as well as passing the Bar exam, what does this mean for the future?

“AI could extend some basic legal services to those who have historically gone without – immigrants, low-income families and those who file their suits pro se, without the benefit of counsel,” Byrnes wrote regarding the application of AI in law.

Furthermore, companies such as Microsoft and Google are predicted to begin incorporating AI legal services into their systems.

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Valentina Palanda
Valentina Palanda, Staff Writer
Valentina Palanda is a 14-year-old student from Miami attending MAST Academy. Palanda has been playing tennis every day after school for seven years and plans on joining the MAST tennis team. When Palanda is not playing tennis or at school, she likes watching TV shows, going out with friends, and relaxing by the pool. Following her mom’s footsteps, Palanda decided to attend MAST when her friend switched in the middle of the last school year. She heard all the positive reviews and decided to come see for herself. Compared to her old school, Palanda says, “MAST is so much cleaner and way more organized.” Palanda is interested in science and biology, however dislikes history. Overall, Palanda’s experience in MAST Academy has been positive as she likes all her teachers and finds the view amazing.
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