The New York City Department of Education has restricted access to ChatGPT in schools. The blocking affects school computers and WLAN. Chalkbeat writes about this, citing representatives of the department. According to them, the service negatively affects the skills of the students.
The reason for blocking was the bot’s ability to create realistic and persuasive texts. “This tool can provide quick and reliable answers to simple questions, but it doesn’t develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential for success in school and in life.”, — said the representative of the Ministry of education Jenna Lyle (Jenna Lyle). Despite the limitation, individual schools can request access to ChatGPT if they want to explore the technology behind the AI.
New York history teacher Adam Stevens called the faculty’s decision counterproductive and likened the technology to the advent of Google. “People said the same thing about Google 15 or 20 years ago when the internet became available to students.”Stevens said. The teacher offered to combat the use of ChatGPT by declining template assignments.
OpenAI launched ChatGPT in December 2022. The service is known for its ability to generate consistent and logical responses on various topics, and some have used a bot to write code. Despite the incredible possibilities, users have found that AI sometimes uses incorrect facts in their texts, but the level of truth depends on the complexity of the task.