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Turkish authorities have arrested a student for cheating on a university entrance exam using artificial intelligence.

The incident, which occurred over the weekend in the southwestern province of Isparta, shows us how sophisticated AI-based fraud methods are becoming and that efforts to prevent them continue.

Student arrested for cheating on university entrance exam using artificial intelligence

Reuters reports that the student was arrested by police after displaying suspicious behavior during the exam. Upon further investigation, authorities found that the student was using an improvised device connected to AI software to get real-time answers.

The device consisted of a camera disguised as a shirt button that was connected to AI software via a router hidden in the sole of the student’s shoe. This high-tech cheating system allowed the student to receive the correct answers through an earpiece.

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Turkish authorities have arrested a student who used AI technology to cheat on a university entrance exam, raising alarm about the increasing use of AI for academic fraud.

How the sophisticated fraud system worked

A video released by police demonstrated the method the student used. The police officer in the video scanned a question and the AI ​​software quickly generated the correct answer, which was then read out through the earpiece.

Another person who helped the student in the attempted fraud was also arrested. This person’s role in the plot was not described in detail.

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Alarming trend towards AI fraud

This incident is not an isolated one. Similar cases of AI-powered fraud have been reported around the world, raising doubts about the ethical use of technology in education.

For example, in February 2023, a student in an AI ethics course at Santa Clara University in the US admitted to using OpenAI’s ChatGPT to complete a written assignment.

In response, a university professor decided to replace essay assignments with live presentations to curb such cheating attempts.

AI in education

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Meanwhile, a nationwide study conducted by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) in February 2024 found that 53% of students use AI for essays and other graded materials.

The study, which surveyed over 1,250 students, found that many students use AI tools to better understand concepts (36%), but a significant number also use them for exam preparation (53%). In addition, 13% of students admitted to editing AI-generated content before submission.

The same study found that only 3% of students find the use of AI-generated text without editing acceptable, while 66% find the use of AI to explain concepts acceptable.

In addition, 54% of students consider it acceptable to use AI to suggest research topics. Despite this attitude, 65% of students believe that their universities can detect AI-generated work, indicating the need for clear guidelines and robust detection mechanisms.

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