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How Many Students from World-Famous Universities Have Their Papers Written by Kenyans

A CBS investigation reveals a widespread practice among American college students outsourcing their academic work to Kenyan ghostwriters, who earn a significant income from this arrangement. This operation offers a comprehensive service, covering everything from paper writing to helping students achieve degrees, thriving particularly in the era of online education. Initially a service utilized by a daring few, it has now become a covert norm within student communities. Despite never attending American universities or even visiting the United States, these Kenyan ghostwriters exhibit an intimate understanding of American academic syllabi, equipped with the latest theoretical models and standard data, without the need for advanced laboratory facilities. The industry, which saw a division among countries like India, Kenya, Pakistan, and Morocco in early research, has notably consolidated in Kenya from 2006 to 2016. These companies, predominantly based in Kenya, disguise themselves as academic forums, facilitating international transactions behind vigorous debates online. They often misrepresent themselves as graduates from elite Western universities to gain trust, although their clientele is more focused on the quality of the work provided than the ghostwriters’ backgrounds.

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Chinese Netizens Compare AI Development Between China and the US: While the US Advances in Technology, Tsinghua PhD Li Yizhou Sells AI Online Courses, Making 50 Million Yuan from a 199 Yuan Course

The recent buzz around Li Yizhou, a Tsinghua PhD, selling an AI online course for 199 yuan and making 50 million yuan within a year, highlights a significant discussion in China regarding the development of AI between China and the US. While the US focuses on advancing technology, Chinese talents like Li Yizhou are capitalizing on the AI hype by selling educational courses. Despite his background in the Academy of Fine Arts and being unrelated to AI or deep learning, Li’s entrepreneurial success and ability to market his course reveal a trend where knowledge and expertise are packaged for mass consumption. This situation underscores a broader concern about the prioritization of quick profits over substantial technological development and research in China’s tech environment.

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