The New York City public school system has banned the use of ChatGPT on school networks and devices which is an AI-based program for generating text, citing concerns about the safety and accuracy of the content produced.
The artificial intelligence chatbot, which is developed by OpenAI, was released publicly for users to test in November.
New York City schools said ChatGPT would be banned across the district. However, specific sites or schools will be able to request access to provide students with cutting-edge tech education.
A spokesperson for the city’s department of education, Jenna Lyle, said that due to concerns over negative impacts on students’ learning and the accuracy of content, access to ChatGPT is restricted on devices and networks of New York City Public Schools.
While the tool seems able to provide easy and quick answers to questions, it does not, however, build critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are essential for academic and lifelong success, they added.
Soon after the release, some users began to speculate about how the program may be used to help students cheat in writing essays. According to OpenAI, officials are working on ways to identify text generated by the bot.