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ChatGPT: Five Priorities for Research

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We are confident that science will find a way to benefit from conversational AI without losing the many important aspects that render scientific work one of the most profound and gratifying enterprises.

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Conversational AI is likely to revolutionize research practices and publishing, creating both opportunities and concerns. It might accelerate the innovation process, shorten time-to-publication and, by helping people to write fluently, make science more equitable and increase the diversity of scientific perspectives. However, it could also degrade the quality and transparency of research and fundamentally alter our autonomy as human researchers.

The use of this technology is inevitable; banning it will not work. It is imperative that the research community engage in a debate about the implications of this potentially disruptive technology.

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