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Japan Treads Carefully, Crafts Early Rules For Limited AI Use In Schools
Japan has issued provisional guidelines allowing limited use of artificial intelligence in elementary, junior high and high schools. The move aims to prepare students for an AI-driven world while balancing concerns that the technology could harm students' development.
The guidelines stress caution, especially for elementary students. The ministry will trial AI use in select schools this year before updating the rules.
While AI could improve learning, issues like data leaks and thwarting creativity must be addressed. The guidelines outline inappropriate uses, like passing off AI work as original or cheating with AI during exams.
Students must be taught proper data privacy and copyright compliance, and use AI to expand discussions, not replace independent thought. Elementary students should only use AI under 13 years old with teacher guidance, though some officials argue younger children could use it properly with supervision.
In taking this cautious first step, Japan wants the educational benefits of AI, but realizes safeguards are needed to ensure it properly augments - rather than substitutes for - children's learning.