AI – opportunity or threat to the university?

– 2023-03-14
– 12:00



Dr. Justyna Godlewska-Szyrkowa

Plenipotentiary of the Rector of the University of Warsaw for Quality of Education
University of Warsaw

Doctor of Humanities in political science, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at UW CISM from 2016 to 2020. Dean's plenipotentiary for curriculum reform. From 2020. Plenipotentiary of the Rector of the University of Warsaw for Educational Quality. Deals with issues of international migration and immigration policy, as well as issues related to education and the situation of the graduate in the labor market.

Katarzyna Śledziewska

Dr. hab. Katarzyna Śledziewska, Prof. UW

Managing Director of DELab UW
DELab UW, Faculty of Economic Sciences UW
Director of DELab UW, professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw. She conducts research on the digital transformation of business and public institutions, focusing on changes in work and organizational culture. Author of numerous reports and expert opinions in the field of digitisation, co-author of the book ""Digital Economy. How New Technologies are Changing the World " and "The Economics of Digital Transformation".".

Łukasz Nawaro

DELab UW, Faculty of Economic Sciences UW
Łukasz Nawaro is a PhD student in the Doctoral School of Social Sciences. In his dissertation, he plans to address the topic of technological transformations of transport in cities: e-scooters, autonomous cars, and micro-payments for transport services, parking, or road access. In the broader context of cities, she deals with the topic of smart cities, Airbnb, and the real estate market. In addition, he is interested in textual datasets, particularly in combination with other social sciences such as political science (parliamentary transcripts) and law (international agreements). His expertise combines social science knowledge with the ability to process large data sets.

Dr. Wojciech Hardy

DELab UW, Faculty of Economic Sciences UW

His research focuses mainly on digital markets, with a particular emphasis on creative industries, unauthorized trading of content (so-called "piracy") and new models of financing creativity (e.g. crowdfunding). He is also currently working on the topic of cross-sector competition for attention (the so-called attention economy or attention economy). In his research he uses techniques of automated data collection from the Internet, experimental methods, surveys or econometric analysis on existing databases.

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ChatGPT (and other appli­ca­tions of lar­ge lan­gu­age models) are chan­ging the way men­tal work is done. Busi­nesses are bol­dly explo­iting its poten­tial in dozens of inno­va­ti­ve ways, from pre­pa­ring mar­ke­ting cam­pa­igns to ana­ly­sing con­tent. It is incre­asin­gly being used by our stu­dents, who are temp­ted by the abi­li­ty to gene­ra­te a syn­the­si­zed text in a few seconds, and aca­de­mics are also testing its capa­bi­li­ties in pre­pa­ring syl­la­bu­ses or lin­gu­isti­cal­ly smo­othing out mate­rials. The uni­ver­si­ty must pre­pa­re for a revo­lu­tion in teaching and research. 

Peer-revie­wed rese­arch on the impact of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gen­ce on edu­ca­tion is scar­ce, and tho­se alre­ady publi­shed are rapi­dly beco­ming out­da­ted. In this rapi­dly evo­lving area, the­re­fo­re, one has to rely much more on one­’s own obse­rva­tions, pre-prints, infor­mal expe­ri­ments, conver­sa­tions with academics/students and social scien­ce the­ory. Howe­ver, we can­not pas­si­ve­ly watch the dyna­mic chan­ges bro­ught abo­ut by AI solu­tions – we need to start a discus­sion abo­ut the possi­ble appli­ca­tions of this tech­no­lo­gy, the chan­ges it will bring abo­ut in higher edu­ca­tion, the risks it brings and the ways to neu­tra­li­se them. The Polish social scien­ces are well pre­pa­red for this deba­te – they have alre­ady expe­rien­ced an epo­chal chan­ge in the rese­arch envi­ron­ment in the past, from autho­ri­ta­ria­nism to demo­cra­cy and from a cen­tral­ly plan­ned eco­no­my to a mar­ket eco­no­my, and they are fami­liar with stu­dy­ing new pro­ces­ses and transformations. 

During the meeting, Dr. Woj­ciech Har­dy and Łukasz Nawa­ro:

  • discus­sed how solu­tions such as ChatGPT and Bing chat work; 
  • sho­wed how the­se tools deal with tests and examinations; 
  • indi­ca­ted how they could be used to incre­ase scien­ti­fic productivity;
  • pre­sen­ted the possi­bi­li­ties of using ChatGPT in teaching, rese­arch, scien­ti­fic and admi­ni­stra­ti­ve work. 

Down­lo­ad the presentation.

The pre­sen­ta­tion was accom­pa­nied by a short discus­sion, during which, toge­ther with the invi­ted guests, we sought answers to the question of whe­ther and how the aca­de­my sho­uld chan­ge to ensu­re the highest possi­ble quali­ty of rese­arch and teaching in a world domi­na­ted by dyna­mic tech­no­lo­gi­cal pro­gress. AI can be clo­sed or open, acces­si­ble to a nar­row eli­te or demo­cra­tic, cre­ating oli­gar­chy or pro­mo­ting equ­ali­ty, repla­cing humans or empo­we­ring humans. What we make it is up to us. 

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Chair of Technological Transformation, Faculty of Economic Sciences, UW
Department of Digital Sociology, Faculty of Sociology, UW
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Centre for European Union System Studies, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw
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