Schools are “baffled” by advances in artificial intelligence and don’t trust the companies behind the technology to provide adequate oversight, a headteacher has warned.
A leading figure in UK education says the system OpenAI’s ChatGPT and google bard Developments are “too fast” and guidance on how classrooms should adapt has not kept pace.
The government alone cannot provide the advice schools need, and ministers have previously admitted trying to enact AI-related legislation Given the rate of change, it will become obsolete quickly.
Rishi Sunak has said that while “guardrails” are needed to minimize the risks of AI to society, Government wants to maximize interests in making UK a ‘tech superpower’.
In a letter to The Times with more than 60 signatures, the education sector said ministers had not demonstrated “ability or willingness” to provide the “guidance and advice” they needed.
They wrote: “We do not trust large digital companies to self-regulate for the benefit of students, staff and schools.
“Governments have not shown in the past that they are able or willing to do this.”
They added: “The truth is that AI is advancing too fast for governments or councils alone to be able to provide the real-time advice schools need.”
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The headteachers behind the letter say they plan to create “cross-departmental bodies” of teachers in their schools, guided by digital and AI experts, to advise on the direction of AI. beneficial or harmful.
They will work to ensure that systems like ChatGPT serve the interests of students, not tech companies.
Some workplaces, schools, and universities in other countries have banned generating AI, such as ChatGPT.
While their ability to pass exams, fix computer errors and write speeches is amazing, they have also been shown to be able to give wrong or offensive answers.
Elon Musk Join a group of AI experts Calls for a moratorium on the training of large language modelswhile Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Acknowledging potential danger ‘keeps me up at night’.
The Times published the letter after artificial intelligence pioneer Professor Stuart Russell warned “the stakes cannot be higher” as the government grapples with how best to regulate.
He said: “How do you maintain the power of an entity more powerful than yourself – forever?”
“If you don’t have an answer, stop researching. It’s that simple.”
Earlier this month, British computer scientist Geoffrey Hinton, known as the “godfather of AI,” quit his job at Google Warns of threat to humanity from the technology.
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