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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Important News from the President of the United States

OCTOBER 2023 - President Biden issued a landmark Executive Order to ensure that America leads the way in seizing the promise and managing the risks of artificial intelligence (AI). The Executive Order establishes new standards for AI safety and security, protects Americans’ privacy, advances equity and civil rights, stands up for consumers and workers, promotes innovation and competition, advances American leadership around the world, and more.

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IMPORTANT - Information on Citing AI correctly and ethically.

Accessible Artificial Intelligence is expanding rapidly and shaking the academic and publishing worlds.  These computer programs can do a good job at guessing how experts in many fields might respond to questions or prompts.  It is important to understand that the programs are not searching for information, not evaluating merit, and most importantly: they aren't thinking.  They guess or predict text.  Do not be fooled into treating generative artificial intelligence as fact or reliable evidence.  There will be times when it is appropriate to use ChatGPT or other programs academically, but there is great risk of accidentally plagiarizing existing publications or creating false citations.  

If you do use AI to complete part of a project, you must cite this information so it is clear where that content came from.  The academic world is still figuring out the rules to do this properly. 

Here is a useful link that explains how to cite AI in the most common Academic formats.

About This Guide - Definition of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence is defined as "The capacity of computers or other machines to exhibit or simulate intelligent behaviour; the field of study concerned with this. Abbreviated AI." (OED, Dec 2022).  

The field of computer science and engineering that deals with the creation and development of machines that can emulate human tasks has expanded greatly over the recent years.  Through machine learning, language and visual processing, and other techniques, machines have the ability to perceive, process, learn and adapt to their environment in human ways.  AI is currently being developed and used for internet interactions, vehicle control and guidance, security, construction, and others.

This guide will provide updated information that is available through the Eugene McDermott Library's physical and electronic collections relating to the study of AI, research on related applications and uses, and current news concerning this growing field of interest and study.

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