ChatGPT and similar tools are not above making mistakes. When you ask ChatGPT a question or prompt it for some output, it pulls from the information and data that it has been fed. If there are errors in that information, or if it doesn't have access to the latest data, it may return inaccurate, made up, or misleading information. This article provides a good, non technical overview of how ChatGPT works. Here's a few excerpts from the article explaining why ChatGPT and A.I. may produce incorrect information.
Here are some examples of how AI has produced less than accurate information.
As with any information source, it is important to fact check and verify information. Read below to learn how.
As with any information source, it is important to verify information, fact check, and confirm claims. One strategy that can be used to verify claims is Lateral Reading, a term coined by Sam Wineburg’s Stanford research team. Lateral reading involves comparing several websites side by side at once to corroborate or disprove claims.
How to read laterally:
Watch the video Check Yourself with Lateral Reading for more information on how to use this skill.
Trusted fact checking sites are helpful for verifying claims and busting disinformation. Here is a few fact checking sites:
Learn more about how to fact check and verify information in the video, Online Verification Skills: Look for Trusted Sources.