Many universities await EU guidelines for safe use of AI
AI tools are becoming increasingly common in science, but few universities have come out with their own rules instructing academics, researchers and students how they can be used. A UNESCO survey of around 450 educational institutions published in June found only around 13% of universities have provided their staff and students with formal guidance. The survey found that for those universities that have issued guidance, the requirements vary a lot. Only half have detailed instructions, the rest approve of AI but leave it up to users to decide how generative AI apps are applied. In 40% of cases, the guidance is not written, but only communicated orally.
Next month, the Coimbra Group of 41 European universities is holding a conference on the use of generative AI in universities. The spur was a meeting this summer when a group of research managers from the universities realised that only one of them had started using generative AI. The rest were very curious.
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