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ChatGPT and Science Communication

On April 24, 2023, the four "Sci­ence Com­mu­nic­a­tion Cubed" cen­ters fun­ded by the Volk­swa­gen­Stif­tung came togeth­er to exam­ine the role of Chat­G­PT with­in the con­text of sci­ence communication.

Each cen­ter brought a speak­er, who intro­duced their aca­dem­ic stance on Chat­G­PT. After­wards, the speak­ers joined a dis­cus­sion with mem­bers from the audi­ence. The goal was to provide an oppor­tun­ity for cross-exam­in­a­tion and know­ledge shar­ing, focus­ing on sci­ence com­mu­nic­a­tion expert­ise and how Large Lan­guage Mod­els can be viewed from dif­fer­ent perspectives.


Prof. Dr. Julika Griem, Prin­cip­al Invest­ig­at­or at the Rhine Ruhr Cen­ter for Sci­ence Com­mu­nic­a­tion Research, delivered on the top­ic “AI and the Human­it­ies and Social Sci­ences: Ques­tions of Author­ship and the Attri­bu­tion of Indi­vidu­al Per­form­ance in the Sci­ence System.” 

The Cen­ter for Rhet­or­ic­al Sci­ence Com­mu­nic­a­tion Research on Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence (RHET AI) brought Prof. Olaf Kramer, Dir­ect­or of the Tübin­gen Sci­ence Com­mu­nic­a­tion Research Cen­ter, who spoke on “Patch­work Rhet­or­ic. The Rhet­or­ic­al Impact of Large Lan­guage Models.” 

The Munich Sci­ence Com­mu­nic­a­tion Lab (MSCL) brought Dr. Jakob Ohme, the Research Group Lead at the Research Group Digit­al News Dynam­ics at the Weizen­baum Insti­tute for the Net­worked Soci­ety, who talked about “Chat­G­PT – the Illu­sion of Epi­stem­ic Authority.” 

Stef­fen Brandt, the Pro­ject Lead Data Sci­ence and Machine Learn­ing from spoke on “Why Open Source is the Future Des­pite OpenAI’s Closed-source Approach” for the Kiel Sci­ence Com­mu­nic­a­tion Net­work (KielSCN).