In an insightful address to students at Keio University in Tokyo, ChatGPT’s founder, Sam Altman, emphasized that artificial intelligence tools will transform the field of education, much like calculators did, but they will not replace the process of learning.
Altman highlighted the impact of AI on education, stating that traditional take-home essays may undergo significant changes. Comparing AI to a “calculator for words,” he stressed that teaching methods and student evaluations will need to adapt to this new technology.
ChatGPT, renowned for its ability to generate human-like conversations, written content, and translations within seconds, has captivated global attention.
However, concerns have arisen across various sectors, including education, where some fear that students may misuse the tool or rely on it instead of producing original work.
Altman’s visit to Tokyo is part of a global tour, during which he engages with business and political leaders to discuss the potential and regulations surrounding AI. He consistently urges policymakers to establish AI regulations, highlighting the risks associated with this technology.
While expressing optimism about forthcoming regulatory frameworks for AI without providing specific details, Altman reiterated the need for safety measures and regulation, underscoring that current AI tools remain relatively primitive compared to what will emerge in the coming years.
Addressing concerns about job displacement, Altman reassured that although certain positions may become obsolete, the overall employment impact of AI may not be as extensive as anticipated. He emphasized the emergence of new job categories, envisioning a shift rather than wholesale job elimination.