Why academia should cut back on general enthusiasm about CAs

Alessia Giulimondi*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This position paper will analyze LLMs, the core technology of CAs, from a socio-technical and linguistic perspective in order to argue for a limitation of its use in academia, which should be reflected in a more cautious adoption of CAs in private spaces. The article describes how machine learning technologies like LLMs are inserted into a more general process of platformization, negatively affecting autonomy of research. Moreover, fine-tuning practices, as means to polish language models are questioned, explaining how these foster a deterministic approach to language. A leading role of universities in this general gain of awareness is strongly advocated, as institutions that support transparent and open science, in order to foster and protect democratic values in our societies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st Worskhop on Towards Ethical and Inclusive Conversational AI
Subtitle of host publicationLanguage Attitudes, Linguistic Diversity, and Language Rights (TEICAI 2024)
EditorsNina Hosseini-Kivanani, Sviatlana Hohn, Dimitra Anastasiou, Bettina Migge, Angela Soltan, Doris Dippold, Ekaterina Kamlovskaya, Fred Philippy
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages9-15
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9798891760745
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Externally publishedYes
Event1st Workshop Towards Ethical and Inclusive Conversational AI: Language Attitudes, Linguistic Diversity, and Language Rights, TEICAI 2024 - St. Julian's, Malta
Duration: 22 Mar 2024 → …

Conference

Conference1st Workshop Towards Ethical and Inclusive Conversational AI: Language Attitudes, Linguistic Diversity, and Language Rights, TEICAI 2024
Country/TerritoryMalta
CitySt. Julian's
Period22/03/24 → …

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