New York schools ban ChatGPT Artificial Intelligence for fear of copying

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New York schools ban ChatGPT Artificial Intelligence for fear of copying

Before, students they could use cheat sheets to cheat and cheat on tests. Now, they can ask Artificial Intelligence (AI) to do it for them. That’s why the New York department of education is banning it. access to ChatGPT, a system capable of answering questions, summarizing books or preparing essays, among other things, for fear that it will be used to cheat and harm students.

The authorities will block access to this popular chatbot It will work on their devices and networks, although students will still be able to use AI on their own devices, be they mobile phones or laptops. A spokeswoman for the department, Jenna Lyle, explained the issue. He told Chalkbeat New York this Wednesday that the ban is due to possible “negative impacts on student learning, and concerns regarding the safety and accuracy of content.”

< p>This AI is capable of analyzing a huge volume of data that it extracts from the Internet to respond to user requests. Thus, you can summarize technical complexes such as quantum computing or physical laws in simple terms that everyone can understand. This possibility opens up opportunities for students, who can use ChatGPT not only to cheat in exams, but also to do their homework or to get information. “While the tool can provide quick and easy answers to questions, it does not encourage critical thinking or problem-solving skills, which are essential for academic and life success. “ the spokesperson.

Danger of misinformation

As we already pointed out in this diary, ChatGPT is under threat. Fascinating with its ability to give creative responses simulating human behavior, but it has also aroused concern about the effects it may have, including misinformation. And it is that this system is available. It is programmed to respond to user requests, imitate users, and even to program computer code, but it also makes errors that it presents as if they were real. That convincing tone can cause some users to “give themselves over to the oracle uncritically,” as the company warned. David Casacuberta, professor of logic and philosophy of science at the UAB.

ChatGPT was launched last November by OpenAI, a company focused on popularizing AI and co-founded by tech mogul Elon Musk. Upon entering the application, the user is already warned that the system “may occasionally generate incorrect or misleading information.” Even so, in recent weeks information has appeared in the US media pointing to its growing use among students. That combination of ease of use, appearance of credibility, and misinformation is what worries some teachers.

Others, however, believe it's better than the education system adapts to the emergence of that technology, as it did before with the appearance of Google or Wikipedia. This is the case of professors like LluĂ­s Codina or the communication consultant Cristina Juesas, who are committed to teaching students to use ChatGPT critically and ethically to exploit their opportunities while minimizing their risks.< /p>