Category: AI Data and Society

Bridge or Barrier – Does generative AI contribute to more culturally inclusive higher education and research?

Whilst the ability of generative AI to produce text in English has been widely covered, the implications of its ability to translate and act as a cultural broker into English have received less attention. Considering use contexts in education and resea…

Putting public data to use is a fundamentally human challenge

Using data is often seen as a technical or computational challenge, especially for organisations with multiple streams of data. However, as Sarah Morton and Ailsa Cook discuss, the fundamental challenges faced by organisations using data are largely hu…

Are universities too slow to cope with Generative AI?

Similar to other ed-tech trends, generative AI has led to a lively debate and divide between those boosting the potential disruptive nature of the technology and more critical perspectives. Mark Carrigan argues that as generative AI is already making i…

How to use generative AI creatively in Higher Education

Generative AI presents clear implications for teaching and learning in higher education. Drawing on their experience as early adopters of ChatGPT and DALL.E2 for teaching and learning, Bert Verhoeven and Vishal Rana present four ways they can be used t…

Generative AI and the unceasing acceleration of academic writing

Despite the prospect and existence of AI generated texts having been around for some time, the launch of ChatGPT has galvanized a debate around how it could or should be used in research and teaching. Putting aside the ethical issues of using AI in aca…

We’re more and more aware of digital harms, but what is the digital good?

Research and media stories often highlight how digital technologies have had a negative impact on our lives. But what might it mean to set out a vision of the ‘digital good’? Director of a new ESRC-funded network focused on the digital good, Helen Kenn…

Moving slowly and fixing things – We should not rush headlong into using generative AI in classrooms

Reflecting on a recent interview with Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, Mohammad Hosseini, Lex Bouter and Kristi Holmes, argue against a rapid and optimistic embrace of new technology in favour of a measured and evidence-based …

Seeing families as data will change the state’s relationship to society

Rosalind Edwards and Pamela Ugwudike discuss how the increased use of linked social data and predictive machine learning is changing the state’s relationship to families, from the here and now to an anticipated future and from one grounded in a sociolo…

ChatGPT will not replace Google Search

As speculation mounts that ChatGPT might replace Google Search, Tristan Greene cuts through the hype, arguing ChatGPT at present cannot replicate Google’s search function – “Saying ChatGPT will replace search is like saying podcasts w…

Can artificial intelligence assess the quality of academic journal articles in the next REF?

In this blog post Mike Thelwall, Kayvan Kousha, Paul Wilson, Mahshid Abdoli, Meiko Makita, Emma Stuart and Jonathan Levitt discuss the results of a recent project for UKRI that made recommendations about whether artificial intelligence (AI) could be us…