Hybrid workshop on the philosophy of large language models (with a focus on communication and explainable AI)

January 26, 2023 - January 27, 2023
Philosophy and Ethics group, Eindhoven University of Technology


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  • Esdit.nl
  • Eindhoven Center for the Philosophy of AI


Eindhoven University of Technology
Vrije University

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Hybrid workshop on the philosophy of large language models (with a focus on communication and explainable AI)

Hosted and sponsored by

  • Eindhoven Center for the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (@ephil.ai)
  • the research consortium Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies (@esdit_nl)
  • and the Philosophy and Ethics Group at Eindhoven University of Technology (@PhilEthicsTuE).



Guido Löhr & Céline Budding (Eindhoven University of Technology)


In this workshop, we explore two aspects of the nature of large language models like LaMDA, GPT3 or PaLM. On the first day, we will explore the question of what it can mean for these LLMs to make speech acts or to communicate with us. What can it mean for a chatbot to make an assertion or make a demand? 

On the second day, we will discuss LLMs in relation to explainable AI. How can we make sense of the transformer models that make modern LLMs so successful?

The workshop is a hybrid event and open to anyone who is interested. It will take place on January 26 and 27, 2023.    

Confirmed speakers:

  • Herman Cappelen
  • Willem Zuidema 
  • Raphaël Millière – Online 
  • Philip Nickel 
  • Jan Michel 
  • Patrick Butlin 

If you would like to participate or attend (please indicate whether online or in person), you can register using the same email address and we will send you more details a few weeks before the event. Unfortunately, we cannot cover travel costs for contributed talks. If you have no funds available, please get in touch and we try to find a solution. 

All the best, 

Guido Löhr & Céline Budding

Eindhoven University of Technology 

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January 27, 2023, 2:00pm CET

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