Governor Shinji Hirai of Tottori Prefecture announced during a regular press conference on the 20th that the use of the dialogue-based software “ChatGPT,” which employs artificial intelligence (AI), would be prohibited for tasks related to the prefecture’s decision-making, such as budgeting, policy-making, and answering questions in the assembly. Guidelines will be created to determine whether ChatGPT can be utilized for other tasks.
ChatGPT is characterized by its ability to respond naturally like a human when asked questions in the text. Governor Hirai explained that decision-making in local governments requires staff to listen to issues on the ground and use their own judgment. The information gathered by AI is limited to past and current data, and the answers provided by ChatGPT are not practical.
He stated, “The value lies in the information collected through on-site experiences. While we appreciate AI in the field of invention and innovation, relying on it is tantamount to abandoning democracy and local autonomy.” According to the Tottori Prefecture Digital Reform Promotion Section, ChatGPT has already been disabled on around 5,500 office computers, including those used by the police and the board of education.