Study launched on the impact of ChatGPT and comparable systems

Focus on educational processes in schools, universities and vocational education and training
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AI models of natural language are based on billions of text modules. With ChatGPT, a new stage of development was made publicly available.

With the presentation of ChatGPT by the company OpenAI in November 2022, the possibilities of natural language processing with AI systems became visible and tangible for a broad public. This development of research on artificial intelligence (AI) has already been observed by technology assessment for some time. Not least in the field of education, the risks and opportunities of applications of these systems are being discussed. 

In order to respond to this new development, the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment commissioned TAB on 10 February 2023 to examine ChatGPT and comparable computer models for language processing in greater depth and to analyse their effects in technical, social and ethical terms. A special focus is on educational processes in schools, higher education and vocational education and training. Based on the results, the committee will discuss ChatGPT and possible impacts of the new language-processing AI systems together with experts in a public meeting in April 2023. 

The in-depth study is part of our monitoring project "Application potentials and challenges of artificial intelligence in education" on the state of research, development and application of AI in education as well as the importance of ethical guidelines.


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