Chatbots and Philosophy - Day Two

Chatbots and Philosophy - Day Two

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 Saturday, scholars will present on the technical, social, and philosophical issues surrounding chatbots. Short papers will be followed by long discussion.

All programs are free and open to all.



Saturday, October 30

9:00–9:45: Bodies Matter: A Barthian Critique of Why Chatbots Ultimately Fail (Noreen Herzfeld, St. John’s University)

9:45–10:30: Does Siri Think? Introducing Models of Responsiveness and Reciprocity (Gereon Kopf, Luther College)

10:30–10:50: Break

10:50–11:30: Does a Chatbot Need to Understand Itself? (Justin Brody, Franklin & Marshall College)

11:30–12:10: Using GPT-3 to Help Patients Understand Their Doctors (Slobodan Vucetic, Temple)

12:10–2:00: Break

2:00–2:30: Chatbots in US Libraries: History and Prospects (Soo-yeon Hwang, Sam Houston State University)

2:30–3:00: Teaching Machine Learning in the Library (Simon Wiles, Stanford)

3:15–4:00: Roundtable—Chatbots in Libraries (Joe Lucia, Temple Libraries; David Lacy, Temple Libraries; Hwang, Sam Houston State University; Wiles, Stanford)

Saturday, October 30, 2021
9:00am - 4:00pm
Charles Library Event Space

Registration is required. There are 39 seats available.