Artificial intelligence banned in schools

The New York City public school system has blocked access to the ChatGPT website on all of its computers and has banned the use of artificial intelligence in the school.

By Jonathan Klotz | Released

In a move that comes as no surprise to anyone, the country’s largest public system, the New York school system, has banned ChatGPT. For those who don’t know, ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence chatbot that allows users to send a prompt, e.g. B. “The meaning of Tom Sawyer related to life in the American South,” and then creates a reasonably written series of paragraphs on the subject. Futurism has been at the forefront of reporting on the intrusion of AI into our daily lives, but when it comes to the school’s banning of the site, the genie is out of the bottle.

The day after homework was first given was the birth of academic cheating. While New York City public schools have blocked access to the ChatGPT website, since when has that ever stopped a child from accessing material that authority figures tell them not to use? From using VPNs to finding holes in the school firewall, when a student really wants to use artificial intelligence to do their homework, nothing in the world can stop them.

First of all, the students could easily access the artificial intelligence from their house as parents are unlikely to have blocked the website and again, when in childhood history did that ever work? Never, it’s never worked, and by banning the site, the educators have ensured that every student knows exactly where to go to use ChatGPT. The Streisand effect of trying to get everyone to ignore something only magnifies what is being obscured and is in full effect whenever an authority figure, particularly a teacher, says not to do something.

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Luckily, teachers are trained to grade and grade student work, which ideally allows them to figure out what was written by artificial intelligence and what was written by a human. ChatGPT is sophisticated and learns more every time someone submits a request, but it still sounds oddly hollow and has a poor grasp of tone and nuance, while more advanced uses of language, including metaphors, similes, or understanding symbols, are currently beyond its capabilities of the program. Specific writing styles, such as MLA or APA, also make it difficult to use the program correctly, which has so far been difficult to cite sources.

Students with computers
A student working on a computer, without artificial intelligence

While artificial intelligence can create amazing works of art or even help guide a defendant through his or her trial, it cannot grasp the layers of meaning behind Kurt Vonnegut’s mother night. Only humans have demonstrated the ability to interpret and understand artworks, which still won’t stop students around the world from taking a shortcut with their homework with the help of ChatGPT. If a C-Level history student suddenly turns in a well-written paper examining the role of Jones Paul Jones in the American Revolution, the teacher will go through the paper with a fine-toothed comb and, ideally, conclude whether the student is cheating has the paper.

Ironically, as colleges and public schools ban ChatGPT, usage of the program has only increased. The more information that flows into an artificial intelligence, the better the output will ultimately be. While identifying someone’s work may be easy now, it becomes increasingly difficult as time goes on. We’re still a long way from the day computers don’t need humans, which has been dubbed The Singularity, but on the other hand, we’re also a lot closer today than we were just a few months ago.

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