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Short answer is yes, but not as accurately as Winston AI. Turnitin, a company whose products are already used by over two million teachers to detect plagiarism, recently deployed a new tool to detect AI generated content from ChatGPT and other AI Chatbots. 

However, a lot of concerns have been raised by the quality and accuracy of its new tool. 

Indeed, a recent article published in the Washington Post highlights that Turnitin flagged part of a student’s essay as likely being generated by popular AI writing tool called ChatGPT. The student, named Lucy Goetz, insists she did not use ChatGPT or any other Chatbot to cheat on her essay. She says she is glad she has good relationships with her teachers who know her writing style.

To see what is at stake, Turnitin provided early access to their software. Five high school students, including Goetz, helped test it by creating 16 samples of original, AI-generated, and mixed writing for the detector. 

The result? It was wrong over half the time. It accurately identified six samples but was wrong on three, including flagging 8% of Goetz’s original essay. It would only get partial credit for the other seven, as it correctly identified some AI or mixed writing but also misidentified parts.

This is the main reason teachers and students are turning to Winston AI for their AI detection needs. Winston AI’s algorithm  provides far better results in avoiding false positives by having trained its model on larger datasets and large language models. Winston understands the fundamental issues created for students by creating false positives.

Another main reason why Winston AI is increasingly popular is that in most cases, Turnitin’s tool is exclusively accessible for teachers, so students do not have visibility on the assessment of their work. Winston allows anyone to process their content and get a clear detailed report on their work.

Even though Turnitin has been the reference for plagiarism detection for schools, with the rise of artificial intelligence Winston AI is now becoming the leading solution for AI detection. 

Thierry Lavergne

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Winston AI. With a career spanning over 15 years in software development, I specialize in Artificial Intelligence and deep learning. At Winston AI, I lead the technological vision, focusing on developing innovative AI detection solutions. My prior experience includes building software solutions for businesses of all sizes, and I am passionate about pushing the boundaries of AI technology. I love to write about everything related to AI and technology.