Northwestern’s Cognitive Science Program recently hosted an online panel discussion on the effects of large language models (LLMs) on politics and civic engagement. The panel featured experts in political science, philosophy, and computer science. The discussion covered topics such as how those in power could use AI tools to maintain control, the potential for LLMs to empower individuals to articulate their views, and the risks of spreading misinformation and biases through AI.
The panelists emphasized the importance of incorporating diverse voices in the accountability process for LLMs and AI technologies. They also discussed the need for complexity and nuance when discussing AI, as well as the multidisciplinary approach necessary to address the multifaceted problems and opportunities that AI presents. The panelists encouraged citizens to engage in discussions about AI and make value-based judgments about AI regulation measures.