Robert Ross and Ben Cowan: AI & Chat GPT

09 March 2023

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Chat GPT has taken the AI world by storm as a bot that can generate text in conversational human style.

So does this spell the end of students spending hours on homework or college assignments? What does the future hold for this type of generative AI?

Dr Robert Ross (School of Computing at TUD) and Dr. Benjamin Cowan (Associate Professor UCD) explain the pro’s and con’s of the AI and what the future holds.


(01.10) What chat GPT is, and how it is different to chat systems that have gone before

(03.54) ChatGPT comes across as confident, but its facts aren’t always correct

(09.38) ChatGPT shows how technology could blur the boundaries between human and machine, and this poses challenges

(12.52) As conversational interfaces become more convenient for people to use, it poses ethical and social questions – who controls access to information, who might push particular narratives and could it deepen echo chambers? We need to be transparent about such systems and their accuracy

(18.40) ChatGPT is already having an impact in education, how can educators manage it for the benefit of students?

(23.28) Generative AI – can it support human creativity?

(30.53) ChatGPT and generative AI has the potential to disrupt, it’s exciting, but we need to reflect and think critically about the journey we are on with it.


Dr Robert Ross is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science in TU Dublin and a Funded Investigator within the Adapt Centre. Dr. Ross’s interests lie primarily in the application of machine learning methods to Human Robot Interaction, with specific projects across natural language processing, dialogue management, behavioural analysis, and user state estimation. Robert also works extensively with industry and has led industry related projects across topics such as conversational systems, behaviour estimation, and predictive analytics.…f/robertross.html

Dr Benjamin Cowan is an Associate Professor in UCD’s School of Information & Communication Studies, where he is co-founder and co-director of the HCI@UCD group. His research lies at the juncture between psychology, human computer interaction and communication systems. In ADAPT, as Research Challenge Lead and NENC Lead within the Digitally Enhanced Engagment research Strand and he co-leads the Future Dialogues Working Group.