Chatbots and Philosophy - Day One

Chatbots and Philosophy - Day One

Join us for this two-day workshop symposium introducing you to state-of-the-art chatbot technology and other NLP machines. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Center for Hybrid Intelligence in the College of Science and Technology and the Department of Religion in the College of Liberal Arts. Feel free to stop by for any or all of the sessions.

Ever since Turing proposed the imitation game in 1950, the idea of defining intelligence through natural language communication has inspired research and popular culture. By conjuring the illusion of human presence, chatbot algorithms can be applied to a wide range of uses. Many commercial websites now feature chatbots as a first contact point for customers, and in 2013, Library Technology Reports ran a special issue on chatbots in libraries.

On Friday, meet us to test/play/try out different chatbots, look into the architecture of advanced language models such as GPT-3, and get an overview of the classic positions regarding computed speech.

All programs are free and open to all.



Friday, October 29

9:00: Welcome (Joe Lucia, dean of Temple Libraries), Overview of Chatbot History (Marcus Bingenheimer, Temple)

9:30–10:20: Talk to the Classics: Eliza, Alice, Mitsuko (Simon Wiles, Stanford, & Bingenheimer, Temple)

10:20–10:50: Break

10:50–11:30: GPT-3 and Beyond (Alex Wermer-Colan, Temple Libraries)

11:30–12:00: AI Chatbots for Customer Service, Employee Coaching, and Managerial Decision Making (Xueming Luo, Temple)

12:00–2:00: Break

2:00–2:50: Adventures in Programming GPT-3 (Justin Brody, Franklin & Marshall College)

3:00–3:50: Using Human Language in an AGI System (Pei Wang, Temple, & students)

Friday, October 29, 2021
9:00am - 4:00pm
Charles Library Event Space

Registration is required. There are 20 seats available.