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New York City Department of Education blocks access to ChatGPT on school networks and devices.

Published: 2023-01-05

The New York City Department of Education has restricted access to ChatGPT in schools. The block will affect school computers and Wi-Fi. According to them, the service negatively affects the skills of students.

The reason for blocking was the bot's ability to create realistic and convincing 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 Jenna Lyle, a spokeswoman for the education department. Despite the limitation, individual schools will be able to request access to ChatGPT if they wish to explore the technology behind the AI.

New York history teacher Adam Stevens called the department's decision counterproductive and compared the technology to the advent of Google. “People were saying the same thing about Google 15 or 20 years ago when the Internet became available to students,” Stevens said. The teacher offered to fight the use of ChatGPT by rejecting template tasks.

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 noticed that AI sometimes uses fake facts in its texts, but the veracity depends on the complexity of the task.