Perspectives on AI

One topic, different perspectives: Experts from Plattform Lernende Systeme evaluate current developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence with their respective professional backgrounds.

Large language models: How disruptive are ChatGPT & Co.

The ChatGPT language model has catapulted Artificial Intelligence into the middle of society. The new generation of AI voice assistants answers complex questions in detail, writes essays and even poems, or programs codes. It is being hailed as a breakthrough in AI development. Whether in business, medicine, or the media world, the potential uses of large-scale language models are many. What's the hype all about? How will large language models like ChatGPT change our lives? And what ethical, legal and social challenges are associated with their use? Experts from Plattform Lernende Systeme put it in perspective.


"A milestone in AI research"

Prof. Dr. Volker Tresp, Professor of Machine Learning at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and member of the Technological Enablers and Data Science working group of Plattform Lernende Systeme

ChatGPT is currently moving the public. The text bot is one of the so-called big language models that are celebrated as a breakthrough in AI research. Do big language models promise real progress or are they just hype? How can voice assistants be used - and what conditions do we need to create in Europe so that business and society benefit from them? Volker Tresp answers these questions in an interview. He is a professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich with a research focus on machine learning in information networks and co-leader of the "Technological Enablers and Data Science" working group of Plattform Lernende Systeme.

AI creative: Who owns the works of great language models?

Prof. Dr. Anne Lauber-Rönsberg, Professor of Law at the Technical University of Dresden and member of Plattform Lernende Systeme

Large language models like ChatGPT can now write texts that are indistinguishable from human texts. ChatGPT is even cited as a co-author in some scientific articles. Other AI systems such as Dall-E 2, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion generate images based on brief linguistic instructions. Artists, as well as image agency Getty Images, accuse the company behind popular image generator Stable Diffusion of using their works to train the AI without their consent, and have filed lawsuits against the company.

ELIZA, ChatGPT and Democracy: It all depends on the right measure

Prof. Dr. Christoph Neuberger, Freie University Berlin, Weizenbaum Institute and member of Plattform Lernende Systeme

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has long remained a promise, an unfulfilled promise. This seems to be about to change: With ChatGPT, Artificial Intelligence has arrived in everyday life. The chatbot's ability to answer openly formulated questions spontaneously, elaborately and, moreover, frequently correctly - even in the form of long texts - is extremely astounding and exceeds anything seen before. This is causing some excitement and giving AI development a whole new meaning in the public perception. In many areas, people are experimenting with ChatGPT, and business, science and politics are sounding out the positive and negative possibilities.

Why a responsible design of language models is needed

Prof. Dr. Peter Dabrock, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and member of Plattform Lernende Systeme

Large language models like ChatGPT are celebrated as technical breakthroughs of AI - their impact on our society sometimes discussed with concern, sometimes demonized. Rarely does life paint black and white, but mostly gray on gray. The corridor of a responsible use of the new technology must be sounded out in a criteria-based and participatory manner.

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