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Confused by All the Chatter? Journalists, Researchers & Policymakers Talk Chatbots and Other Large Language Models

Julia Angwin, investigative journalist; Sorelle Friedler, Haverford College; Arvind Narayanan, Computer Science

May 4, 2023 · 4:30 pm6:00 pm · Arthur Lewis Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Center for Information Technology Policy

As part of the CITP Digital Investigators Conference, the public is invited to join in person or virtually for this event. Please register here to attend in person. The livestream will be available here.

Powerful new technologies like OpenAI’s “ChatGPT” or Google’s “Bard” have sparked excitement over the potential they have to transform how we work, learn and communicate for the better. But their potential harms also trigger fears and unease. As a result, the public discourse around such large language models (LLMs) can be noisy or chaotic.

CITP has convened a panel of experts from the journalism, tech research and public policy sectors to discuss their experiences with – and approaches to – engaging with these emerging technologies in their respective professions. We will also talk about the responsibilities journalists and academics may have in shaping the public conversation around digital technologies, and how they can support each other’s work for the benefit of the public.

This event is cosponsored by the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, CITP’s Digital Witness Lab, the Pulitzer Center and the Humanities Council’s Program in Journalism.

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