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Chat GPT and Other Creative Rivals


Join the Institute of Philosophy to consider the implications and consequences of AI technologies. 

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The recent arrival of ChatGPT and other large language models (LLMs) has raised interesting questions about whether this is the beginning of genuine general artificial intelligence or just yet more hype from the technology sector. All agree we must work out the limits of these models and what they really tell us about our future. To dive deeper, philosophers, historians, and AI researchers are gathering at a conference hosted by the Institute of Philosophy, University of London’s School of Advanced Study to consider the implications and consequences of these technologies.

The line-up includes Geoffrey Hinton, who recently resigned from Google in order to speak about the consequences and possible dangers of current AI. “I’ve come to the conclusion that the kind of intelligence we’re developing is very different from the intelligence we have,” he’s recently said. Adding, “So it’s as if you had 10,000 people and whenever one person learned something, everybody automatically knew it. And that’s how these chatbots can know so much more than any one person.” At the upcoming event, Hinton will be exploring the possible consciousness and sentience of AI.

The event will feature Gary Marcus, a critical insider who questions some of the bold claims from the tech community. We also hear from Catherine Clark of the Institute of Historical Research who will consider the advantages LLMs might afford future scholarship.
The conference will start with Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt who founded the Open Data Institute along with Sir Tim Berners-Lee and who recently promoted the idea of humanities researchers working alongside AI practitioners to determine the ethical constraints that might be needed in the not too distant future.

The event is organised by Dr Alex Grzankowski, Associate Director of the Institute of Philosophy along with the AI&Humanity-Lab at Hong Kong University. 

The event will be held at Senate House on Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June. The event will be broadcast live online and recorded. To book tickets, visit the Institute of Philosophy website