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ChatGPT forces out professors, takes over classes


UNK professors are all expected to be replaced with ChatGPT by the 2023 fall semester. Due to all the new infrastructure on campus, the staffing budget was cut drastically.

Although this news is controversial, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents is still heavily pushing for it.

“If ChatGPT can file my taxes for me then it can teach a college class,” said Bank M. Hounds, the University of Nebraska Chief Executive Officer. “This is only the start. Hopefully, our students will be switched over one day too.” 

In preparation for the switch teachers and staff have begun gathering their lesson plans and documents to enter into ChatGPT’s database, this process will be finished at the end of the school year and implemented at the start of the fall semester.

The reactions from students and staff have been mixed.

“I may not have a job,” said Bob Reeding, a journalism lecturer. “But I do have the woods of Montana calling my name.”

Daylan Worthington, a junior studying supply chain management, did not share the same enthusiasm.

“Why am I paying to be taught by an NPC,” Worthington said. “This is ridiculous. First parking, and now this.”

ChatGPT is being used to solve other problems around campus.

One of the biggest concerns is what will happen to all the additional parking spots created without professors filling the spaces.

A prompt was entered into ChatGPT asking for advice. ChatGPT responded and advised those excess parking spots to be turned into a new green space.

Many people wonder what will happen with no professors on campus. Nebraska Governor, Pim Jillen, has spoken on what that will look like in upcoming years.

“I don’t even see any more need for physical classrooms, we could utilize that space so much better,” Jillen says. “I’m thinking maybe a nice space for some grass and trees to grow.”

Not much more has been said about the transition to ChatGPT, but it leaves students, faculty, professors and many others wondering if this is the way of the future or a futile mistake.

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    ArcharasSep 26, 2023 at 9:33 pm

    This article was written as an April Fools’ joke, but with the shocking reality of $4.5 million in budget cuts threatening the livelihoods of countless underpaid staff and faculty at UNK, I find it increasingly hard to find the funny. It’s a lovely reminder of UNK’s blatant and continual disregard for its workforce.