Statistics on an empty phrase show possible impact of ChatGPT on science

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ChatGPT likes to use a number of hackneyed phrases. This allows experienced ChatGPT users to reliably recognize ChatGPT text even without detectors, which don’t work anyway. X user Jeremy Nguyen has now investigated how often one of these phrases, “delve”, appears in medical and scientific publications. The word appeared four times as often in 2023 as in 2022. Correlation is not causation, of course, but the statistics speak for themselves and give an idea of how generative AI might be influencing scientific publishing. Interestingly, there was also an increase in the word before the first ChatGPT year, 2023. Spell checkers, some of which also suggest synonyms and are often based on LLM technology, may play a role here.

Image: Jeremy Nguyen via X

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Online journalist Matthias is the co-founder and publisher of THE DECODER. He believes that artificial intelligence will fundamentally change the relationship between humans and computers.



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