Mystery AI Hype Theater 3000

Artificial Intelligence has too much hype. In this stream, linguist Prof. Emily M. Bender and sociologist Dr. Alex Hanna break down the AI hype, separate fact from fiction, and science from bloviation. They're joined by special guests and talk about everything, from machine consciousness to science fiction, to political economy to art made by machines.

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Episode 26 - Universities Anxiously Buy in to the Hype (feat. Chris Gilliard)

We review AI-driven educational technologies, and the lack of protections for terms of data privacy or emotional safety.

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Episode 25 - An LLM Says LLMs Can Do Your Job

Alex and Emily unpack implausible claims about the number of workforce tasks LLMs might make cheaper, faster or easier.

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Episode 24 - AI Won't Solve Structural Inequality (Kerry McInerney & Eleanor Drage)

Feminist technosolutionism critics Eleanor Drage and Kerry McInerney tear down AI as a solution to structural inequality.

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Episode 23 - AI Hell Freezes Over

Alex and Emily visit all seven circles of AI Hell in a whirlwind tour of the worst in bite-sized BS.

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Episode 22 - Congressional 'AI' Hearings Say More about Lawmakers

Justin Hendrix joins to talk about the limitations of the hearings, and how legislation on data privacy could make a difference.

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Episode 21 - The True Meaning of 'Open Source'

Sarah West and Andreas Liesenfeld join us to examine what software companies really mean when they say 'open source.'

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Episode 20 - Let's Do the Time Warp! (to the "Founding" of "Artificial Intelligence")

Emily and Alex time travel back to an event commonly mythologized as the founding of the field of artificial intelligence.

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Episode 19 - The Murky Climate and Environmental Impact of Large Language Models

Drs. Emma Strubell and Sasha Luccioni join Emily and Alex for an environment-focused hour of AI hype.

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Episode 18 - Rumors of Artificial General Intelligence Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Emily and Alex read through Google vice president Blaise Aguera y Arcas' recent proclamation that "artificial general intelligence is already here."

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Episode 17 - Back to School with AI Hype in Education

Emily and Alex are joined by Stanford PhD student Haley Lepp to examine the increasing hype around LLMs in education spaces.

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Episode 16 - Med-PaLM or Facepalm? A Second Opinion On LLMs In Healthcare

A look at the two-tiered system that might emerge if LLMs are brought into the diagnostic process, with biomedical data science Roxana Daneshjou.

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Episode 15 - The White House and Big Tech Dance the Self-Regulation Tango

Emily and Alex tackle the White House hype about the 'voluntary commitments' of companies to limit the harms of their LLMs.

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Episode 14 - Henry Kissinger, Machines of War, and the Age of Military AI Hype

Emily and Alex are joined by Dr. Lucy Suchman to scrutinize a new book from Henry Kissinger that declares a new 'Age of AI'

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Episode 13 - Beware the Robo-Therapist

Emily and Alex talk to UC Berkeley scholar Hannah Zeavin about the datafication and automation of mental health services.

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Episode 12 - It's All Hell

Take a deep breath and join Alex and Emily in hell itself, as they take down a month's worth of AI hype.

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Episode 11 - A GPT-4 Fanfiction Novella

Alex and Emily shovel the BS on GPT-4’s “system card,” alleged “sparks of Artificial General Intelligence,” and an "AI pause" letter.

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Episode 10 - Don't Be A Lawyer, ChatGPT

Alex and Emily are joined by law and technology scholar Kendra Albert for a conversation about ChatGPT.

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Episode 9 - Call The AI Quack Doctor

Alex and Emily discuss the not-so-real medical and healthcare applications of ChatGPT and other large language models.

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Episode 8 - The ChatGPT Awakens

Emily and Alex discuss ChatGPT and all the surrounding hype. Also, more fresh AI hell.

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Episode 7 - There Are Now 15 Competing Evaluation Metrics

Emily and Alex are joined this week by Dr. Jeremy G. Kahn to discuss evaluation metrics and some new AI hell.

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Episode 6 - Stochastic Parrot Galactica

Emily and Alex discuss MetaAI's bullshit science paper generator, Galactica, along with its defenders. Also, more fresh AI hell.

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Episode 5 - Sam Bankman-Fried's Future Fund and Fresh AI Hell

Emily and Alex discuss Sam Bankman-Fried's Future Fund and their essay contest.

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Episode 4 - Is AI Art Actually "Art"?

Emily and Alex are joined this week by Drs. Johnathan Flowers, Negar Rostamzedah, and Jennifer Lena to discuss the hype around AI Art.

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Episode 3 - "Can machines learn how to behave?" (Part 3)

Emily and Alex finally finish their reading of "Can machines learn how to behave?" by Blaise Aguera y Arcas.

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Episode 2 - "Can machines learn how to behave?" (Part 2)

Emily and Alex continue their reading of "Can machines learn how to behave?" by Blaise Aguera y Arcas.

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Episode 1 - "Can machines learn how to behave?" (Part 1)

Emily and Alex read through "Can machines learn how to behave?" by Blaise Aguera y Arcas, a Google VP for AI.

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