‘Goodbye homework!’ Elon Musk praises AI chatbot that writes students essays

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Anyone who registers for an account can type questions into it, including requests for essays on any subject, and have them answered by the chatbot’s algorithms. 

New York City’s education department said this week that students and teachers have been blocked from accessing the chatbot on state devices or internet networks.

It cited “negative impacts on student learning, and concerns regarding the safety and agency of content”.

“While the tool may be able to provide quick and easy answers to questions, it does not build critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, which are essential for academic and lifelong success,” a spokesperson said.

The move will pose a challenge for schools and Governments around the world considering how to respond to the game-changing new technology.

The Telegraph revealed last week that Ofqual, the exam watchdog for England, was considering whether schools should be given guidance on how to prevent pupils from cheating on coursework with the chatbot. 

Headteachers said they were planning emergency talks this week to work out how to respond to the technology.

Teachers who marked three ChatGPT answers to GCSE questions in English language, English literature and history for The Telegraph said they would score between a grade 4, or standard pass, and a grade 6.

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