The German Teachers’ Association is openly in favor of using modern AI text generators such as ChatGPT in schools. This step is an important part of schools’ job of preparing students for reality.
Integrating modern technology into the classroom
According to the teachers’ association, ignoring artificial intelligence programs in schools or even banning them would not work. Instead, the teaching staff should be encouraged to meaningfully integrate modern technologies into their lessons.
In addition, when using the AI programs, teachers should make their students aware that they cannot accept the texts and other results presented by the programs without additional verification.
After all, unthought-out content and fake news are also included in the results.
Artificial intelligence is not a substitute
With other technologies that were once innovative, such as the Internet, users feared that they would no longer be able to distinguish between work done by machines and the work of students.
However, these fears were never confirmed, as artificial intelligence cannot replace the work of schools and teachers.
Bans in US schools
In the recent past, the AI-driven chatbot GPT-3 attracted attention. Because the text generator can write relatively complex texts, critics fear that students could use the program to complete their tasks.
The New York City Department of Education criticized the technology for negatively affecting the learning process of students.
In this way, children and young people would be prevented from developing their own problem-solving skills.
No reason for strict regulation?
Nevertheless, Digital Minister Volker Wissing spoke out in favor of overly strict regulation of AI systems, which would automatically lead to bans. After all, Wissing is aware that artificial intelligence will quickly and increasingly establish itself in people’s everyday lives.
His greatest concern with AI regulation is that a Europe-wide majority is developing that assumes that the spread of AI systems can be restricted by bans. According to Wissing’s attitude, despite the efforts, the population would find out over time that users still use the AI systems intensively.