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NLP for Social Good Symposium at University of Liverpool -- Closing Remarks

NLP for Social Good Symposium at University of Liverpool -- Closing Remarks

This is the closing remarks that I gave at the NLP for Social Good Symposium at University of Liverpool.

Danushka Bollegala

June 10, 2023
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  1. NLP for Social Good Symposium
    Danushka Bollegala

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  2. Thank you!
    • 6 invited speakers


    • 160+ pa
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    • Funding/Suppo
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    • Depa
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    ment of Computer Science, University of Liverpool


    • Organisers


    • Procheta Sen, Tulika Saha
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  3. Why talk about Social Good?
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  4. Why talk about Social Good?
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  5. Is AI Socially Biased?
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  6. Why talk about Social Good?
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  7. Why talk about Social Good?
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  8. My take on “existential threats” of AI
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  9. My take on “existential threats” of AI
    • What I hear…
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  10. My take on “existential threats” of AI
    • What I hear…
    • We will loose our jobs…
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  11. My take on “existential threats” of AI
    • What I hear…
    • We will loose our jobs…
    • AI will take over humans…
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  12. My take on “existential threats” of AI
    • What I hear…
    • We will loose our jobs…
    • AI will take over humans…
    • NLP is over (with ChatGPT)
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  13. My take on “existential threats” of AI
    • What I hear…
    • We will loose our jobs…
    • AI will take over humans…
    • NLP is over (with ChatGPT)
    • My PhD research topic is over…
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  14. What we (NLP researchers) should do
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  15. What we (NLP researchers) should do
    • Be realistic


    • Look at the real threats that would otherwise get overlooked
    because of the hyped threats.
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  16. What we (NLP researchers) should do
    • Be realistic


    • Look at the real threats that would otherwise get overlooked
    because of the hyped threats.
    • Be responsible


    • If you believe there is a non-zero probability of a risk, think what
    you can do to address it.
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  17. What we (NLP researchers) should do
    • Be realistic


    • Look at the real threats that would otherwise get overlooked
    because of the hyped threats.
    • Be responsible


    • If you believe there is a non-zero probability of a risk, think what
    you can do to address it.
    • Be optimistic


    • We will get extinct very soon… anyway
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  18. Al learns from its mistakes (unlike humans)
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