The New York City Department of Education has announced that ChatGPT, a widely used chatbot that some have cautioned may encourage cheating among students, will be banned from devices and networks within the city’s schools.
Jenna Lyle, the spokesperson for the New York City Department of Education, stated that ChatGPT was banned due to concerns about its negative impact on student learning. ChatGPT is a chatbot that can generate responses to text prompts.
ChatGPT, a chatbot created by OpenAI, has been banned from use in New York City public schools due to concerns about its negative impact on student learning. The ban has raised questions about the role of chatbots in education and whether they can be effectively integrated into curricula rather than being outright banned. Some experts have warned about the potential for chatbots to be used for cheating, while others have pointed to the benefits they could provide, such as assisting with language learning or enhancing critical-thinking skills. OpenAI has stated that it does not want ChatGPT to be used for misleading purposes and is working on ways to identify text generated by the system.
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Ban in New York City Public Schools
The New York City Department of Education has banned ChatGPT, a chatbot created by artificial intelligence company OpenAI, from use in the city’s public schools due to concerns about its impact on student learning. ChatGPT can still be made available upon request to classes studying artificial intelligence. It is not clear whether the ban applies to the City University of New York system.
Debate Over Chatbots in Education
Experts have acknowledged that chatbots like ChatGPT could be a detriment to education if used for cheating, but some have also pointed to the potential benefits they could provide. Some have compared chatbots to the calculator, which was initially decried as a threat to math education but has since been integrated into curricula to enhance classwork. Other computer-assisted writing tools, like Grammarly and Google Doc’s Smart Compose, are already widely used in academia. Princeton University computer science student Edward Tian has created a tool called GPTZero that can detect whether a piece of text was generated by a human or artificial intelligence.
Response from OpenAI
In response to the ban in New York City public schools, a spokesperson for OpenAI stated that the company does not want ChatGPT to be used for misleading purposes and is working on ways to identify text generated by the system. The spokesperson said that ChatGPT was made available as a research preview to learn from real-world use and called for transparency around the use of AI-generated text. The company said it looks “forward to working with educators on useful solutions, and other ways to help teachers and students benefit from artificial intelligence.”