Generative AI

Generative artificial intelligence is a subset of AI that utilizes machine learning models to create new, original content, such as images, text, or music, based on patterns and structures learned from existing data.

Nobody knows the true impact that generative AI will have on education and research. These technologies are rapidly evolving in complexity and type of use. What we do know is that generative AI is opening up a world of possibilities, while also generating significant concerns about academic integrity, ethics, access and bias.

Generative AI in Academic Research: Perspectives and Cultural Norms

In Fall 2023, Cornell’s taskforce on the use of Generative AI in research produced a report covering the various stages of the research process in which many faculty, staff, and students participate daily. The report provides guidance for thoughtful use of Generative AI in research, identifying opportunities as well as risks and duties in both the development and use of these tools in academic research that aspires to positive societal impact.

We encourage all researchers and research administrators at Cornell to review your colleagues’ input, developed in the same year that many of us gained awareness and access to Gen AI tools.


Generative AI for Education

In Spring 2023, the Cornell administration assembled a committee to develop guidelines and recommendations for the use of Generative AI for education at Cornell. Their final report evaluates the feasibility, benefits, and limitations of using generative AI technologies in an educational setting and its impact on learning outcomes.

Read the Cornell Chronicle story about the report:

Faculty offered guidance for teaching in the age of ChatGPT

Read the full Committee Report:

Generative Artificial Intelligence for Education and Pedagogy

Cornell Generative AI in Administration Task Force Report

The AI Task Force was established with representa.ves from diverse units, including external affairs, finance, budget, human resources, research and educa.on administra.on, informa.on technologies, audit, library, eCornell, and, across central and distributed departments in Ithaca, Cornell Tech, and Weill Cornell Medicine (New York and Doha), to evaluate ar.ficial intelligence (AI) for purposes.

Additional Cornell Resources

As Cornell continues to explore artificial intelligence (AI), particularly generative AI, here are some guidelines for using these rapidly evolving technologies in ways that uphold the university’s core values of purposeful discovery and free and open inquiry and expression.