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While researching the capabilities of OpenAI's artificial intelligence-enhanced text generator, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School found that the company's GPT-3 chatbot was able to pass a final exam for the school's Master of Business Administration program.


Professor Christian Terwiesch, said that the chatbot passed the exam with a score between a B- and B. He said the score is proof of the bot's " ability to automate some of the skills of highly compensated knowledge workers in general and specifically the knowledge workers in the jobs held by MBA graduates including analysts, managers, and consultants."

Terwiesch noted that GPT-3 did an "amazing job at basic operations management and process analysis questions including those that are based on case studies." It was also "remarkably good at modifying its answers in response to human hints," he concluded.


The experiment was conducted with the GPT-3 model, a predecessor of OpenAI's viral ChatGPT bot. The advanced capabilities of the newer, viral model have sparked debates about whether generative AI signals the end for human employees. Educators have also expressed concern that the program could inspire widespread and virtually undetectable cheating.


In November 2022, Kevin Bryan, an associate professor at the University of Toronto, tested ChatGPT's ability to write graduate-level responses and concluded that "the OpenAI chat is frankly better than the average MBA at this point." Open AI, the creators of ChatGPT, are reportedly working on a watermarking system to potentially address these concerns.

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