Information Access Seminar

Student Proposals and Short Reports

Friday, February 3, 2023
3:10 pm to 5:00 pm PST

Short research presentations and proposals from seminar students, including:

Humans vs. AI: Detecting AI-Created Textual Content Using ChatGPT

Sarah Barrington

Generative AI models, such as ChatGPT and DALL-E from OpenAI, are becoming increasingly prevalent in western technology culture. These models can generate seemingly human responses to a range of complex tasks; including answering philosophical natural language questions, writing fully-functioning computer code and producing new forms of art and graphics. As a result, questions are now being raised regarding the implications of these technologies on a range of fields, from plagiarism in education to displacement of the white-collar workforce. At present, these tools remain somewhat nascent to the public. As such, there are few detection methods available to analyze whether a piece of digital content has been created by a human or a generative AI model. The aim of this project is to develop a predictive classifier model that can detect whether a text has been written by a human or produced by a generative AI program.

Varied Short Reports

Clifford Lynch

Following presentations from registered students on their initial plans for their projects, we’ll cover a variety of short topics, as time permits; we may not get to all of these topics. I’ll speak briefly about the current survey that the Pew Research Institute is doing on future prospects for what they call “digital life”, and at somewhat more length on recent announcements and policies from the US White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in various areas. I’ll also share some brief comments on a recent EU policy seeking to facilitate the re-use of what it characterizes as “high-value’ datasets, and offer some brief comments on the current series of National Academies webinars on digital twins. Seminar participants are welcome to contribute their own additional short reports.

This seminar will be held both online & in person. You are welcome to join us either in South Hall or via Zoom.

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Last updated:

February 1, 2023