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Date and Location

May 2, 2024
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET


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​​Event Description: Alison Gopnik, a developmental psychologist who has written extensively about AI, has suggested that public debates about AI are getting it wrong. CEOs and public commentators speculate in excited terms about whether we are on the verge of "AGI" - human equivalent or better purposive intelligences - thanks to new developments such as Large Language Models (LLMs). Gopnik instead suggests that we should think of LLMs as "cultural technologies" - systems that loosely replicate and apply collective human cultural information, which are more similar e.g. to libraries than to individual human beings. What can we gain as social scientists and political theorists from picking up this understanding and extending it? In this brief talk, Henry Farrell will summarize the case for LLMs as cultural technologies, setting out different understandings of their cultural consequences and how they affect the broader political economy of cultural production.

This webinar is part of the Carr Center's Towards Life 3.0 series. Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a talk series organized and facilitated by Dr. Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and human life.​

Virtual Event Details: Attendees registered for this event will receive a link for the webinar where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.

Speakers and Presenters

Henry Farrell
SNF Agora Institute Professor of International Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Mathias Risse (Moderator)
Faculty Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Sarah Hubbard (Co-Moderator)
Senior Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation