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New York City schools ban access to ChatGPT over fears of cheating and misinformation

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Schools have adapted to disruptive technology before — ChatGPT is the latest challenge to educational norms. | Photo by Nicolas Villalobos via Getty Images

The New York City Department of Education has blocked access to ChatGPT on its networks and devices over fears the AI tool will harm students’ education.

A spokesperson for the department, Jenna Lyle, told Chalkbeat New Yorkthe education-focused news site that first reported the story — that the ban was due to potential “negative impacts on student learning, and concerns regarding the safety and accuracy of content.”

“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,” said Lyle.

ChatGPT was released last November by San Francisco-based AI company OpenAI, and has sparked a huge debate over…

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