[CfR] hybrid workshop – Humans and Smart Machines as Partners in Thought? (UC Riverside / online, 10-11 May 2023)

*We are pleased to announce the hybrid two-day workshop ‘**Humans and
Smart Machines as Partners in Thought?’ *

*in Riverside, California, US *


*and invite you to register.*



*Date and place: *10-11 May 2023, UC Riverside


*Registration: *Attendance is free, but places (online & in-person) are
limited. To register, please go to the workshop website and fill in the

*Registration deadline:*1 April 2023, 23:59 PST.

•Organized by Anna Strasser & Eric Schwitzgebel

•Supported by the Philosophy Department, UC Riverside & the
International Social Ontology Society (https://isosonline.org)

*Description: *Large language models (LLMs) like LaMDA, GPT-3, and
ChatGPT have been the subject of widespread discussion. This workshop
focuses on an analysis of interactions with LLMs. Assuming that not all
interactions can be reduced to mere tool use, we ask in what sense LLMs
can be part of a group and take on the role of conversational partners.
Can such disparate partners as humans and smart machines form a group
that takes not only linguistic actions (a conversation) but also other
actions, such as producing text or making decisions? To address these
questions, both the attributions of abilities to individual group
participants and the ways in which the abilities of such groups can be
described will be examined. This raises new questions for the field of
social ontology, namely whether there are “social kinds” that are not
exclusively constituted by humans. On the other hand, debates about the
constitution of groups and their agency can contribute to analyzing the
interactions of humans and smart machines. We expect to promote a
dialogue among philosophers dealing with social groups, linguists, and
artificial intelligence, respectively.



*Daniel Dennett: *We are all Cherry-Pickers

*Eric Schwitzgebel & Anna Strasser: *Asymmetric joint actions

*Ned Block (online): *Large Language Models are more like perceivers
than thinkers

*David Chalmers (online): *Do large language models extend the mind?

*Keith Frankish (online): *Playing a language game: An interpretivist
perspective on LLMs

*Paula Droege: *Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

*Joshua Rust: *Minimal Institutional Agency

*Ophelia Deroy: *Ghosts in the machine – why we are and will continue to
be ambivalent about AI