Discourses of disruptive digital technologies using the example of AI text generators (KI:Text)

The hype surrounding AI-based text generators illustrates the disruptive potential of digital technologies for almost all areas of our working and living environments. Since the release of the chatbot ChatGPT at the end of November 2022, AI text generators have become known and accessible to a broad public for the first time. The discourses on the opportunities, risks and challenges of this technology and the AI methods used in it are correspondingly diverse. The ad-hoc project Discourses of disruptive digital technologies using the example of AI text generators examines these discourses on different levels and from different perspectives. In doing so, it will not only provide orientation through the currently extremely confusing discourse on AI text generators, but also open up the arguments put forward in the individual discourses for overarching considerations of scientific, political and technological theory.

Principal Investigators

PD Dr. Gerhard Schreiber, Technische Universität Darmstadt | more information»
apl. Prof. Dr. Lukas Ohly M.A., Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a. M. | more information»
apl. Prof. Dr. Hermann-Josef Große Kracht M.A., Technische Universität Darmstadt | more information»

Research assistant

Kathrin Burghardt, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Call for Papers

KI – Text und Geltung. Wie verändern KI-Textgeneratoren wissenschaftliche Diskurse?

Interdisciplinary Conference
25 – 26 August 2023, Technische Universität Darmstadt

The statement that AI can generate texts tells us something about the understanding of texts. But what does it mean for the understanding of texts if one attributes the generation of texts to an AI? What is the difference between man-made and computer-generated texts and which claims to validity can be raised or disputed in each case? What do the individual sciences expect, fear and hope for when texts are received in their discourses that were created with AI-supported tools? And what consequences does this have for the criteria of scientific validity and authorship?

These and similar questions illustrate not only the great disruptive potential of digital technologies, but also the enormous challenge that the use of AI text generators such as ChatGPT, Mindverse or Jasper poses for future work with and on texts in general. The questions addressed in this context in different disciplines are correspondingly diverse and their discourses will be made the subject of this interdisciplinary conference.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 June 2023

Abstracts and papers may be submitted in German or in English.

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