Stanford Professor Says ChatGPT Will Become 'Calculator For Writing'

The New York City Department of Education banned chatGPT access on its networks, citing negative impacts on student learning, but a Stanford University professor thinks otherwise. 

What Happened: Erik Brynjolfsson, professor of economics and information technology at Stanford University, thinks chatGPT — an AI-powered chatbot — will become the "calculator for writing," reported Bloomberg.  

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Brynjolfsson, renowned for co-writing The Second Machine Age, told Bloomberg that he doesn't believe that the technology behind chatGPT could replace "thinking and writing," but it can make basic mathematics straightforward and augment the ability to write. 

He said, "If we do it right, the next 10 years will be some of the most interesting writing that we've ever seen."

Why It's Important: In the first week of January, the NYC education department restricted chatGPT access, noting concerns regarding student learning and the safety and accuracy of the content. 

The decision was made after some educators voiced concerns about the technology enabling students to rely on it for writing assignments, making the entire learning methodology obsolete. 

Previously, prominent venture capitalist Paul Graham has also voiced concerns about the adverse effects of chatGPT, saying if AI can save people from writing, it could keep them from having ideas too. 

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