OpenAI to Provide Guidelines for Kid-Friendly AI Tools

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OpenAI and Common Sense Media are working on guidelines and educational materials for future AI tools.

  • The guidelines will ensure the creation and use of future AI tools that are safe, age-appropriate, and beneficial for children.
  • The educational material will teach parents, educators, and children how to handle AI in an age-appropriate manner.

OpenAI has partnered up with Common Sense Media to develop guidelines and educational materials for teens and families, ensuring safe and responsible AI use.  

The AI startup, which is almost single-handedly responsible for the AI boom, is teaming up with the nonprofit organization, which rates media and tech’s suitability for children and families. They want to make sure that the development and use of AI are safe and responsible for minors and their families.

To that end, they have decided to create guidelines for developers and educators. These will help in building and using future AI tools that are safe, age-appropriate, and beneficial for children.

As to not leave parents struggling on their own, they are creating educational AI materials. Parents, educators, and children can use them to understand current and future AI tools.

And finally, OpenAI will reserve a specific “family-friendly” section of its GPT store. It will feature AI tools that Common Sense Media has curated based on its ratings and standards. There will be no doubt in the adults’ minds about the appropriateness of the GTPs in that section.

This may sound like overkill on both organizations’ parts, but AI use is not without risks at any age. Especially during those pesky teen years, for example.

AI-powered apps and games can be highly engaging and addictive. This could escalate into prioritizing screen time over other parts of their lives that are admittedly more important like physical exercise and social interactions. It helps isolate the teen and further alienate those around them.

Then, there are the privacy concerns. AI systems collect and analyze vast amounts of data, and teenagers are part of the vulnerable demographic against data breaches and targeted advertising. Most teenagers you might come across have a limited understanding of privacy settings. Some even adopt a nonchalant demeanor toward keeping their data to themselves.

The worst of all risks is how exposed they are to misinformation and fake news. Unfortunately, it is very easy for false narratives to spread these days. And teenagers, for the most part, are still developing their critical thinking skills. They are much more likely to be attracted to the fake news and latch on to them. With enough fake data and an “official” and “credible”-looking post, you could convince them that the Sun is the one to rotate around the Earth. They got convinced to eat Tide pods in 2017.

The upcoming generation will have grown up with AI tools and will get the most out of it in the future. They already spend more time than anyone’s liking with electronics. They need to understand how it works properly so they keep themselves safe.

Our parents let us run amuck on the internet back when it was the new thing. Remember all the unsavory minors that, looking back, may not have been our ages at all?

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