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LLM Forum: A Conversation with Meredith Whittaker

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


101 Friend Center
Friend Center Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States
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Panelists: Meredith Whittaker, President of Signal Foundation, Arvind Narayanan, Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University

The forum will be livestreamed on Media Central. The event is open to the public, please register to attend in person.

Recent breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have produced a new class of neural networks called Large Language Models (LLMs) that demonstrate a remarkable capability to generate fluent, plausible responses to prompts posed in natural language. While LLMs have already revolutionized certain industry applications, the debut of ChatGPT has generated new anxiety and curiosity about machine intelligence, especially in the way we teach, research, tell stories and report facts.

The Princeton LLM Forum is bringing together leading scholars and researchers from a variety of disciplines and fields to discuss the implications that large language models (LLMs) have on our understanding of language, society, culture, and theory of mind. Join us for our first panel, a discussion between Meredith Whittaker, CEO of Signal and Arvind Narayanan, professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Information and Technology Policy at Princeton, about the implications of LLM technology on society.


Meredith Whittaker is the President of Signal Foundation. She is the current Chief Advisor, and the former Faculty Director and Co-Founder of the AI Now Institute. Her research and advocacy focus on the social implications of artificial intelligence and the tech industry responsible for it, with a particular emphasis on power and the political economy driving the commercialization of computational technology. Prior to founding AI Now, she worked at Google for over a decade, where she led product and engineering teams, founded Google’s Open Research Group, and co-founded M-Lab, a globally distributed network measurement platform that now provides the world’s largest source of open data on internet performance. She has advised the White House, the FCC, FTC, the City of New York, the European Parliament, and many other governments and civil society organizations on artificial intelligence, internet policy, measurement, privacy, and security.

Sponsored by: Humanities Council; Princeton Center for the Digital Humanities; The Department of Computer Science