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Outlining challenges that ChatGPT and other large language models (LLMs) pose across bias, legality, ethics, data privacy, confidentiality, informed consent, and academic misconduct, the piece provides recommendations in five areas for ethical use of the technology:

Of particular concern to the authors are the limitations of artificial intelligence in the context of human rights and social justice. “Similar to a bureaucratic system, ChatGPT enforces thought without compassion, reason, speculation, or imagination,” the authors write.

Pointing to the implications of a model trained on existing content, they state, “This could lead to bias, especially if the text used to train it does not represent diverse perspectives or scholarship by under-represented groups. . . . Further, the model generates text by predicting the next word based on the previous words. Thus, it could amplify and perpetuate existing bias based on race, gender, sexuality, ability, caste, and other identities.”

Noting ChatGPT’s potential for use in research assistance, theme generation, data editing, and presentation development, the authors describe the chatbot as “best suited to serve as an assistive tech tool for social work scientists.”

About Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2)

For more than 110 years, the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) has been a powerful force for good in the world, working towards social justice and social change through research and practice. SP2 contributes to the advancement of more effective, efficient, and humane human services through education, research, and civic engagement. The School offers five top-ranked, highly respected degree programs along with a range of certificate programs and dual degrees. SP2’s transdisciplinary research centers and initiatives — many collaborations with Penn’s other professional schools — yield innovative ideas and better ways to shape policy and service delivery. The passionate pursuit of social innovation, impact, and justice is at the heart of the School’s knowledge-building activities.