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Please join us for any of the events listed below. There is no need to rsvp, unless noted otherwise. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, or if you want to coordinate on an event, please email Thomas Hofweber at Further events are presently being organized. Zoom links to all Zoom events are sent to the mailing list.

In the Fall 2023 semester the AI Project reading group will focus on issues tied to explainabitliy / interpretability / transparency of machine learning models. We will meet at irregular intervals on Thursdays from noon – 1 pm to discuss a recent research article.


December 7, noon – 1 pm: Last meeting of the explainable AI reading group. Reading tba. On Zoom.

Monday, November 20, 2:30 – 5:30 pm: Workshop on AI: computer science and philosophy

Please join us for an in-person workshop on AI.

Location: Sitterson/Brooks FB 141


2:30 – 2:40: Welcome (Organizers: Mohit Bansal and Thomas Hofweber)

2:40 – 3:20: Stanley Ahalt (UNC) “The AI revolution: universities’ challenges, responsibilities, and accountability.”

3:20 – 4:00: Chudi Zhong (Duke)  “Towards Trustworthy AI: Interpretable Machine Learning Algorithms that Produce All Good Models”

4:00 – 4:10: Break

4:10 – 4:50: Peter Hase (UNC) “What Are You Really Editing? Surprising Differences in Where Knowledge is Stored vs. Can Be Injected in Language Models” 

4:50 – 5:30: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke): “Using AI to Predict Human Moral Judgments: The Case Study of Kidney Allocation”

Thurday, November 2, noon – 1 pm: AI Project reading group meeting. We will discuss Kate Vredenburgh’s article entitled “The right to explanation”. On Zoom. Zoom link is sent to the mailing list.

Wednesday, October 18, noon – 1 pm: the Carolina Seminar on Philosophy, Ethics and Mental Health is hosting a Zoom talk by Şerife Tekin on “Artificial Intelligence, Chatbot Therapists and the Future of Psychiatry”. More on it is here.

Thursday, October 5, noon – 1 pm: AI Project reading group meeting. We will discuss Will Fleisher’s article “Understanding, Idealization, and Explainable AI”  On Zoom. The Zoom link is sent to the mailing list.

Monday, October 2: In Vitro Neural Platforms conference. All day. In person.

Thursday, September 21, noon – 1 pm: AI Project reading group meeting. We will discuss Cynthia Rudin’s article “Stop Explaining Black Box Machine Learning Models for High Stakes Decisions and Use Interpretable Models Instead” On Zoom. As always, the link is sent to the mailing list.


Wednesday, May 3, noon-1 pm: Final meeting of the Language Model Reading Group for the Spring Semester.  We will read work in progress by David Chalmers, namely “Could a Large Language Model be Conscious?”. On Zoom again, Zoom link is in the email sent to the mailing list.

Wednesday, April 12, noon-1 pm: Language Model Reading Group: We will discuss a new paper by Jacob Andreas entitled “Language models as agent models”. We will meet on Zoom again. The Zoom link is emailed to the mailing list.

February 24, noon – 1 pm: Language Model Reading Group. We meet to discuss a recent article on philosophical issues related to language models. This week we discuss the issues featured in “Climbing towards NLU: On Meaning, Form, and Understanding in the Age of Data” by Emily Bender and Alexander Koller. Location: Caldwell Hall, 213. (in person)

March 3, 11 am: Computational Linguistics Brown bag: Andriy Rusyn ( on large language models. More details are here. Location: Hanes 125 (in person) CANCELED to be rescheduled

March 10: noon – 1 pm: Language Model Reading Group: We will discuss the issues raised in “Meaning without reference in large language models” by Steven Piantadosi and Felix Hill. Location: Caldwell Hall, Room 213 (in person)

March 24, 11 am: Computational Linguistics Brown bag: Brandon Prickett, Topic tba. Location Hanes 125 (in person)

March 31: noon – 1 pm Language Model Reading Group: A presentation by Peter Hase, on belief in language models and model editing. Pre-reading is Daniel Dennett’s short “Do animals have beliefs?” On Zoom. Zoom link to be posted here soon. We are not supposed to post Zoom links, so please email Thomas Hofweber ( or join our mailing list for the link.