Germany Refuses to Ban ChatGPT in Schools Despite Science and Ecology Concerns

Controversy Over Artificial Intelligence-Based Software ChatGPT in German Classrooms

The president of the German Association of Teachers (DLV), Heinz-Peter Meidinger, has raised a voice of concern regarding the ban on the artificial intelligence-based software ChatGPT in German classrooms. He wrote in a contribution to the specialized information service Table.Media published on Wednesday, “It is completely delusional to believe that something like ChatGPT3 can be banned in universities and schools.”

Meidinger suggests controlling and learning how to deal with the artificial intelligence (AI) instead of banning it. He thinks that not all situations are suitable for the use of AI. For example, it would be counterproductive to use AI when trying to encourage children to write their own poems in German lessons as AI could kill creativity instead of stimulating it.

Risks and potentials of ChatGPT arise from its increasing use in schools and universities. ChatGPT is a chatbot, a text-based dialog system which was created with vast amounts of data from the Internet. It can constantly re-process the new information it receives every day. While it can be used to write assignments or seminar papers, at higher grades, it can be useful to demonstrate the limits and margin of error of AI.

DLV president believes that it is necessary to be cautious when using AI and that it should not be a universal solution but rather an aid in certain situations.

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