CPSC 415 - Artificial Intelligence - Fall 2023

Responsive Reading #2 — Generative AI

Possible experience: +20XP

Due: Thursday, Sep. 28th, midnight

Generative AI

Read the following two editorials that consider the "authorship question" of generative AI:

[1] A. Hertzmann, "Computers do not make art, people do," Communications of the ACM, vol. 63, no. 5, pp. 45-48, Apr. 2020, doi: 10.1145/3347092.

[2] P. Samuelson, "AI authorship?" Communications of the ACM, vol. 63, no. 7, pp. 20-22, Jun. 2020, doi: 10.1145/3401718.

For this responsive reading, your paper should include information from (1) both of the above editorials, and also (2) at least two of the short in-class magazine articles we've been reading together at the start of class periods.

Your mission is to synthesize all four of those sources, reflect on them, and then take a stand on some controversial issue related to generative AI, supporting it with logical reasoning and information from the sources.

The "stand" you take, and the "issue" you take it on, can be anything you want on this general topic. It should pertain to questions like: the quality of artistic works produced by generative AI; the social problems that AI-enhanced generation causes and how they might be overcome; who deserves credit (and monetary compensation) for AI-enhanced creations that are trained on raw text; how easy it is to discern whether a work was partly or completely AI-generated, and whether that's a problem; etc. I'm giving you lots of leeway here. I want you to write about something you genuinely find interesting.

Your entire paper should be between 1½ and 2 single-spaced pages.

Should I go to the Speaking and Writing Center for help?

If you're asking this question, the answer is probably yes.

Can I use an AI assistant, like ChatGPT, to help me write this?

Yes, using the same rules specified in responsive reading #1.

As before, if you turn in a hardcopy of your final draft, but do not send me an email as described, you are implicitly declaring that you wrote your paper by yourself, without using an AI assistant.

Turning it in

Stick your stapled (if multiple pages) response paper, with your name on it, in the "415" manilla envelope hanging outside my office door by the deadline. (I will not accept electronic copies, nor unstapled copies.) Also, if you used an AI assistant, send me a single PDF file as described above.

Getting help

If you're having trouble understanding the articles, or would like to discuss them with me, come to office hours, or send me email with subject line "CPSC 415 Responsive Reading #2 help!!"