New York City school officials block access to controversial artificial intelligence ChatGPT
8 Jan 2023
Ask the new artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT to write an essay about the cause of the American Civil War and you can watch it churn out a persuasive term paper in a matter of seconds.
- Free artificial intelligence ChatGPT can generate readable text on demand, including essays and conversations
- Its creators, OpenAI, say they’re working on “robustness and truthfulness”
- Schools can’t restrict students from accessing the site from home on a personal phone or computer
That’s one reason why New York City school officials this week started blocking the impressive but controversial writing tool that can generate paragraphs of plausible text.
The decision by the largest US school district to restrict the ChatGPT website on school devices and networks could have ripple effects to other schools.
Teachers are scrambling to figure out how to prevent cheating using the tool.
The creators of ChatGPT say they are also looking for ways to detect misuse.
The free tool has been around for just five weeks but is already raising tough questions about the future of AI
in education, the tech industry and a host of professions.
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