OpenAI's ChatGPT is now forbidden in New York City public schools


On Tuesday, ChatGPT was outlawed in all public schools in New York City, including those with WiFi. The OpenAI chatbot powered by artificial intelligence, which was unveiled in November, swiftly gained traction with the public and angered several watchdog groups. 

In this instance, the concern is that students will impede their own learning by submitting writings they didn't create and cheating on tests.


A breathtakingly impressive application that offers a glimpse of both the positive and negative aspects of artificial intelligence is ChatGPT, which stands for "generative pre-trained transformer." It can respond to fact-based queries and produce essays and articles that are frequently impossible to distinguish from human-written content, acting as a text-producing equivalent of AI art (DALL-E 2's creator, OpenAI), as well as create fact-based questions. And as AI advances, it will become more difficult to distinguish between the two.

While the tool may be able to provide quick and easy answers to questions, it does not build critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, which are essential for academic and lifelong success,” Jenna Lyle, a spokesperson for New York City public schools, wrote in an email to NBC News.

Even so, the group might find it challenging to enforce the restriction. While it is simple to block the chatbot on lent devices and the school's internet network, this won't stop pupils from using it on their own devices with cellular networks or public WiFi.

OpenAI says its "mitigations" will make it easier for anyone to recognize ChatGPT-generated text. Although the Elon Musk-founded enterprise made a positive decision, there aren't many instances in recent history of large corporations prioritizing the well-being of society over their own financial interests. It sounds as safe to rely on AI supercomputers to self-regulate as it does to believe that the fossil fuel industry will put the environment above profits. And artificial intelligence is huge business: OpenAI, one of the most valued US firms, has reportedly been in talks to sell shares for a $29 billion valuation.

The AI chatbot isn't something that everyone in the education sector is against. Adam Stevens, a history instructor at Brooklyn Tech who formerly worked as a history teacher at NYC's Paul Robeson High School, compares ChatGPT to the most well-known search engine in the world. When pupils could 'find answers online,' he continued, "people said the same thing about Google 15 or 20 years ago. He contends that the bot may be a helpful tool for instructors who could use it as a starting point for students' responses to essays, which they could then try to enhance.

Stevens thinks the secret is to get away from standardized measures and encourage pupils to "discover things worth knowing." He asserted, "We've taught a whole generation of kids to chase rubric points instead of information, and of course, ChatGPT is a threat if what matters is the point at the end of the semester."

The genie is out of the bottle regardless of how schools handle AI bots. AI-powered answers, essays, and art are here to stay, barring governmental regulation (unlikely in the near future given the US Congress' current track). However there are concerns that the launch of AI may result in loss of jobs and even put some tech giants on their toes. 

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