New York City Public Schools have blocked access to ChatGPT. And will not allow the open-source artificial intelligence system anywhere on its network or devices. NYC is the largest school district in the United States.
ChatGPT had its free beta launch on November 30. And it went viral and accumulated a record-breaking 1 million users in 5 days.
The district-wide ban on the open-source AI app was made due to educators’ fears that students will use ChatGPT to cheat on assignments. And might accidentally introduce inaccuracies into their work.
Access to ChatGPT
OpenAI’s AI-powered chatbot is in test mode. The large language model is currently available for free on any web browser during its testing period.
It can write essays, poems, and technical documents. It can create code, virtual files, or even play games.
Open-source programming can often be confused for a human being.
NYC education department spokesperson Jenna Lyle said in Chalkbeat that, “Due to concerns about negative impacts on student learning, and concerns regarding the safety and accuracy of content, access to ChatGPT is restricted on New York City Public Schools’ networks and devices.”