Conversation Engines

Conversing the Void: The Humanities and the Conversation Engine


CyberSocial PI Dr. James Cuffe has attracted seed-funding to lead an international consortium in the study of the impact of text based Large Language Models such as ChatGPT and Ion. This is an open endeavour and we welcome expressions of collaboration from scholars from any discipline in any region of the world. Our team already cross 3 continents. 

The project takes an open stance in examining a participatory relationship with such language processors through 3 inquiries and then further explores this relationship in terms of normative tradition and speculative futures. The aim is to develop a growing cross-disciplinary international network that can outline how such platforms might evolve and how humans might collectively engage with such platforms in the future. Through this deeper understanding, our research network will contribute, through the Future Humanities Institute at UCC, to better informed responses on the upcoming technological, social and cultural challenges, both locally and globally, as different LLMs further integrate with society.

This collaborative project will integrate a multitude of interdisciplinary perspectives, drawing upon Digital Humanities, Anthropology, Human-Computer Interaction, Design Studies, Political Science, and Data Science covering 3 continents- Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Romania and Germany. The network will initially be formed through collaborative research following these questions:

1) how will the increased accessibility of Large Language Models impact future academic pedagogy?

2) how do Large Language Models affect public discourse?

3) what does the emerging social ecology for these language models look like?

A workshop will be held to discuss our pedagogical experiments and to open the network to other scholars. A final presentation to the Future Humanities merging academic dissemination with LLM ‘performance’.



CyberSocial Research Lab Saotharlann Taighde Chibear-Shóisialta

Dept. of Sociology and Criminology, Askive Ground Floor, O' Donovan's Road, University College Cork, Cork City, Ireland,