S2 Ep4. 論文を作るAI


Hello. This is episode 4 of season 2 of my podcast. University classes have started. The classes are online. Online classes became common in Japan after the spread of the coronavirus. The professor was not yet familiar with how to work Zoom and some of the students were in their 70s, so there were a lot of technical problems in the first class.


Now I am studying about the history of Buddhism. It is about the life of Buddha. It is said that it is difficult to research Buddhism because the exact dates of events and the accuracy of information in the old Indian books about the Buddha are unclear. The teachings of Buddhism, which originated in India, were translated in China and then introduced to Japan. Then many temples were built in Kyoto and Nara. So the Japanese language has a few words that came from India. So European languages and Indian languages are Hasei-shiteiru from the same language. ‘Hasei-suru’ (to derive) means to come from one thing and divide into many different kinds of thing. Studying history, it is easy to see that the cultures of various countries have the same roots.


And today we talked about AI in my Japanese lesson. My student told me about some AI technology that creates essays. He said that this AI is useful for finding programming bugs, but it can also write articles, emails and essays. The student showed me an actual essay written by the AI technology. There were a few unnatural parts. Moreover, the essay was written in Japanese. I was very surprised. In the future, school assignments may disappear. Recently in Japan, AI to create illustrations of manga and anime has become popular, but copyright and other issues have become a problem.


Last week I met another Japanese language student in Kyoto. It was interesting to drink coffee and eat matcha ice cream. Well, I think that’s it for today. See you next time and thanks for listening!