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The Impact of a 25-year-old PhD Researcher Named Bars Juhasz

Hugh Grant

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Bars Juhasz, a 25-year-old PhD candidate at Loughborough University, created an AI software called Undetectable AI that can rewrite and humanize AI text to evade detection by AI text detectors/checkers. The software works by removing distinctive characteristics that these checkers use to identify AI content. When not developing software, Juhasz can be found in the quiet hums of research rooms at Loughborough University

But Juhasz’s recent AI development raises questions about academic integrity, creativity, and the future of AI-generated media. Some may view it as a technological accomplishment, while others might see it as a threat to fields where originality is important. Over the summer, Juhasz’s AI tool was called a threat to academia by researchers from Magna Graeca University.

According to ZDNet, at least 35% of students are using AI to assist their studies, with some potentially using it to do more than they should.

But for Bars, the inspiration to advance and succeed has positive undertones. This year Juhasz has been vocal about spreading a positive message and championing AI for good. He’s focused his aim on increasing diversity in AI by providing opportunities for disadvantaged groups. This goal of social responsibility led VentureBeat to nominate Juhasz for the 2023 VB Transform Diversity and Inclusion Award.

While innovative, Juhasz’s nomination also recognizes his efforts to democratize access to AI and mitigate marginalization in the tech industry.

Bars Juhasz isn’t just any average research student, his specialty in disruptive ML even includes working with the UK Royal Air Force. As an academic specializing in a category of ML titled “disruptive,” it’s no surprise he developed an AI software that is the very definition of disruptive.

The software forces academics to reconsider how they define and detect “generative plagiarism.” It prompts discussion about using AI ethically in education and content creation.

The implications are far-reaching. Undetectable AI presents challenges for maintaining integrity in academia. It also contributes to larger conversations around the societal impacts of AI and its relationship to human creativity.

However, the actions that saw Juhasz being nominated signal  AI’s potential for positive change through inclusion and empowerment rather than solely its ability to disrupt. Juhasz’s software bridges technical capabilities with social needs. Its future impact remains complex.

The implications of Undetectable.ai and similar technologies remain complex with compelling arguments on multiple sides. While the software represents impressive technical capabilities, allowing AI systems to stealthily blend in with humans raises understandable concerns.

Greater scrutiny is warranted both of this specific tool and the broader trend of increasingly sophisticated AI duplicating human attributes. Transparency around AI content creation, though difficult to enforce, would enable more informed public discourse. Standards around ethical AI development could help align innovations with societal values.

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There are also larger questions around the economics of AI-generated media and its impact on creative professions. Policy discussions should include incentives for developing AI responsibly and funding retraining where jobs are disrupted.

An independent oversight body for AI could coordinate thoughtful governance so that opportunities are maximized and risks mitigated as these technologies progress. Most experts agree concerted efforts are needed for AI literacy and education as machine intelligence grows more intertwined with human lives.

While Bars Juhasz has admirably promoted inclusion, the long-term implications point to issues requiring ongoing, nuanced debate between technology leaders, policymakers, domain experts and the wider public. Collaborative guidance of AI’s path can help bring ethical guardrails, informed regulation and priorities aligned with human well-being.

Whether you support or scourge his work, one things for sure, Bars Juhasz has disruptively left his mark  on AI and academia this year.

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