UN warns schools about negative effects of using artificial intelligence (AI)

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The UN demanded that educational institutions establish strict guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in the classroom, including a restriction on older pupils’ use of these tools.

The UN agency for education, UNESCO, recently issued guidelines warning governments that public authorities were ill-prepared to deal with the moral dilemmas posed by implementing “generative” AI initiatives in schools.

The education organization in Paris issued a warning, stating that substituting these apps for actual teachers could harm a child’s emotional health and make them more susceptible to manipulation.

According to Audrey Azoulay of UNESCO, “Generative AI can be a tremendous opportunity for human development, but it can also cause harm and prejudice.” Without public participation and the required government safeguards and restrictions, it cannot be integrated into education.

In the latter half of last year, media attention was drawn to the remarkable capacity of ChatGPT, a generative AI system, to produce essays, poetry, and dialogues from the smallest inputs.

Despite worries raised about plagiarism and cheating in schools and colleges, investors flocked to the revolutionary sector, and advocates focused on education as a potentially lucrative market.

The UNESCO recommendations state that AI technology has the potential to help children with special needs, compete with humans in “Socratic dialogues,” or act as a research assistant.