Japan’s Ministry of Education has released an update to its school guidelines giving the go-ahead for the limited use of generative artificial intelligences (AIs) like ChatGPT among students.
The new government guidelines, seen by public broadcaster NHK, acknowledge the importance of students gaining a proper understanding of AI and its uses, but also echo concerns about the negative effect of these technologies on thinking. critical and other abilities.
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The guidelines place particular emphasis on elementary school students using AI caution and encourage plagiarism to attempt to make work done with the help of artificial intelligence your own.
Among the practices that should be considered inadmissible in educational centers is the use of artificial intelligence during exams or other evaluations. However, its use for conversation classes in foreign languages is seen as a good option, among other examples.
The document points out as a good tool, for example, the use by teachers of AI incorrect answers to make students aware of their nature, risks and limitations.
The published guidelines are provisional and are focused on primary, secondary and higher education schools.
The Ministry of Education plans to select a number of secondary schools and higher schools to pilot the use of AI to revise the guidelines based on the results of the study this fall.
Japan hopes that the use of artificial intelligences will help improve school results, but the use of these emerging technologies carries risks such as personal data leakage or copyright infringement, and is believed to undermine creativity and motivation to learn. of students, according to guidelines.
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The document also points out the importance of educating children on ethical aspects associated with the use of artificial intelligence or the importance of not entering personal data into these tools.
Generative artificial intelligences like ChatGPT train using vast amounts of data pulled from the internet that they can process to simulate human conversations or create images.