For her latest WSJ technology column, Joanna Stern went back to high school — only this time she had some help.
Stern returned to high school to complete an assignment for an AP English Literature class and used ChatGPT to generate an 800-word essay on the topic of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" as an existentialist text
The essay received a B grade from the teacher
ChatGPT's writing and vocabulary were too advanced for middle school but appropriate for high school
The most interesting bit here is when the teacher openly admits that he wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between an AI’s essay versus one from an actual student — especially when he’s grading 60 papers at once.
The video version of the column is also fantastic.