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Should ChatGPT Be Used to Write Wikipedia Articles?
At least one Wikipedia editor has used ChatGPT to write an article. More will follow.
Five years ago, I traveled to Stockholm to cover the annual convention for Wikipedia and related free knowledge projects. But it was not just wiki-interviews and chewy candy fish that occupied my time among the Swedes. During one fun evening, I came across a group playing a tabletop game envisioning what Wikipedia would be like in 2035. This futuristic Dungeons & Dragons-style role-playing game featured a cast of diverse characters like Yuki, an A.I. pop music composer and Wikipedia writer, and Levi, a passionate neo-Luddite who believed Wikipedia should be composed by humans only.
Back then, the game struck me as a creative but far-fetched thought experiment. But now Wikipedians are engaged in a heated debate about whether ChatGPT should be allowed for drafting articles. Ready or not, Wikipedians must answer the question of whether to allow generative artificial intelligence to cross the great encyclopedic threshold.
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