Generative AI limited in Japanese schools.

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is planning to allow elementary to high schools to use generative artificial intelligence (AI) in classrooms, but with limitations.

According to a local news outlet, a source close to the matter said that generative AI tools, such as the popular chatbot ChatGPT, will be allowed to help facilitate in-class discussions and artistic activities, among other use cases.

Officials said that the use of AI tools will not be allowed across the board, and the ministry intends to release guidelines for schools to follow by July.

The draft guidelines state that it is important to “nurture abilities to thoughtfully use generative AI” and recommend an introduction to the technology with restrictions.

It also requires teachers to instruct students that using AI for exams or classwork will be considered cheating. The guidelines encourage both teachers and students to be mindful of the data entered into AI systems.

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The announcement from the Japanese Education Ministry comes as regulators in the country grapple with how to regulate and implement the technology at a national level.

Japanese officials initially showed open support for OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot when countries like Italy banned the technology, and uncertainties surrounding its usage began to surface.

However, shortly after, Japanese lawmaker Takashi Kii said he is pushing for regulations protecting copyright holders from AI infringement. A day later, OpenAI received a warning from lawmakers in Japan on its data collection methods and asked the company to be mindful of minimizing the sensitive data it collects.

In April, a small pool of eligible voters in Japan was surveyed on concerns over AI, from which 69.4% said they would like stricter regulations for AI development and implementation.

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