Media and AI: From Hype to Reality

by , and | Sep 17, 2023 | Concept, Events, Project News

Expert Talk with Nicholas Diakopoulous, Northwestern University

20.09.23, 5pm CEST

One seemingly unbelievable recent event that everyone remembers is the rise of the new AI platforms like Chat-GPT, which were introduced in late 2022. Since then, we’ve seen a race to figure out what the new AI platforms can do and how they can be used. This development is considered both promising and scary.

Nicholas Diakopoulous is one of the few experts who can provide an overview and perspective in this area. Drawing on his several years of research in media technology and systems, he will provide a reality check on what to expect and how AI implementation might evolve. 

About Nicholas Diakopoulous

Nicholas Diakopoulos is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies and Computer Science (by courtesy) at Northwestern University where he is Director of the Computational Journalism Lab (CJL) and Director of Graduate Studies for the Technology and Social Behavior (TSB) PhD program. He is also an Associate Professor II at the University of Bergen, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, and is on sabbatical as a visiting researcher at the University of Amsterdam IVIR during the 2022-23 academic year. 

Diakopoulos’ research is broadly oriented around topics related to Computational Journalism with active research projects on AI, automation, and algorithms in news production and distribution. He also pursues research in the area of AI, Ethics, & Society with projects related to algorithmic accountability, transparency, and impact. He is the author of the award-winning book Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media from Harvard University Press.

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