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Finding ChatGPT: 荔枝视频成人app T grad's startup helps detect AI's fingerprints

Co-founded by Alex Cui last year, GPTZero has already raised US$3.5 million
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Alex Cui co-founded GPTZero just a few months before finishing his master鈥檚 degree in 荔枝视频成人app T鈥檚 Faculty of Arts & Science (photo by Kemeisha McDonald)

With the ink barely dry on his master鈥檚 degree from the 荔枝视频成人app, Alex Cui is tackling a towering issue spawned by the recent revolution in artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT: How to tell if written content is generated by person or machine?

Enter Cui鈥檚 startup GPTZero. It analyzes patterns in writing, using sentence length and syntax to identify the likelihood text was generated by AI.

鈥淕PTZero has a lot of imagination and potential in a future where AI is everywhere and it鈥檚 rampant,鈥 says Cui, who studied computer science as a master鈥檚 student in the Faculty of Arts & Science and graduated in June.

"We haven't even really cracked the surface of what we could do.鈥

Cui co-founded GPTZero with Edward Tian last January 鈥 just a few weeks after ChatGPT went public and triggered a torrent of questions about academic integrity and authenticity 鈥 and has already drawn the attention of Silicon Valley investors, raising more than US$3.5-million to date.

As institutions around the world grapple with the impact of generative AI, and actively discourages the use of all AI detectors, many of which are still in development, in favour of traditional methods of assessing students鈥 work.

Read a Q-and-A with Susan McCahan on 荔枝视频成人app T鈥檚 approach to AI in the classroom

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Alex Cui launched GPTZero with Princeton University grad Edward Tian in January 2023 (supplied image)

Cui鈥檚 fascination with AI began at 荔枝视频成人app Schools 鈥 an independent secondary school affiliated with 荔枝视频成人app T that Tian also attended before going to Princeton University 鈥 and at 荔枝视频成人app T鈥檚 Faculty of  Applied Science & Engineering鈥檚 renowned . His early affiliation with the university gave him regular access to lectures by 荔枝视频成人app T faculty, who, even a decade ago, urged Cui and his classmates to learn AI skills as soon as possible.

After high school, Cui earned his bachelor鈥檚 degree from the California Institute of Technology, but kept his Toronto connections. As an undergrad, he interned with one of the world鈥檚 leading experts on self-driving cars, 荔枝视频成人app T鈥檚 Raquel Urtasun, professor in the department of computer science and co-founder of the 

When Cui returned to 荔枝视频成人app T, Urtasun supervised his master鈥檚 thesis, which included writing code for the Waabi self-driving truck.

鈥溊笾κ悠党扇薬pp T is one of the world leaders in machine learning,鈥 says Cui. 鈥淭here's no other ecosystem in the industry that combines AI innovation, commercialization and research partnerships.鈥

As GPTZero鈥檚 chief technology officer, Cui is overseeing fresh innovations, including plugins for Microsoft and Google products that help users detect AI text in any document or on any website.

Cui sees GPTZero offering immense value for several sectors, including publishing. He says the volume of author submissions is growing exponentially, especially with AI-driven content. Software like his could help editors determine what鈥檚 been written authentically, and how to take the writing to the next level.

Cui continues to be supported by 荔枝视频成人app T and its partners. GPTZero recently started consulting with the  at the Rotman School of Management and is also a member of the Vector Institute鈥檚 , which advances AI adoption for Canadian startups and scaleups.

"Alex is an exceptional and experienced researcher and builder. His accomplishments speak for themselves. He is humble, knowledgeable and great to work with,鈥 says Vector鈥檚 Junid Ebadi, the FastLane program鈥檚 business analyst.

"GPTZero is a fast-growing, well-resourced and driven company. They have been great partners for us, and we are happy to support them in their journey.鈥

Cui hopes his story will ease the stress of aspiring startup founders.

鈥淚t's not as scary as you think,鈥 he says. 鈥淓specially in AI right now, a lot of people want to make bets on promising ideas, and I think if you are a talented individual solving a pressing issue, there's a good chance you can get some investors to fund your ideas.鈥

Despite and investors, Cui is staying humble and focused on remaining a leader in AI detection.

鈥淲e have people who are betting on us, but I wouldn't say we're proven yet. To build a sustainable business, you can't just be a flash in the pan. We're still very much in the mindset that we are priming ourselves to go up against some stiff competition. We鈥檙e not going to take any liberties.鈥

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