38th Annual Silha Lecture: “The Defamation Machine”

Presented by Professor James Grimmelmann
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The 38th Annual Silha Lecture, “The Defamation Machine” will be presented by Professor James Grimmelmann, Tessler Family Professor of Digital and Information Law, Cornell Tech and Cornell Law School.

Beginning with the question, “Can ChatGPT commit libel?”, Professor Grimmelmann will consider how defamation of a public figure requires a false statement of fact made with knowledge or reckless disregard of its falsity. But do these doctrines regarding defamation, which were created with humans in mind, make sense when the “defendant” is a computer system? Professor Grimmelmann will argue that answering these legal questions requires us to confront deep philosophical problems about the nature of language and thought. During his lecture, he will revisit some of the classic thought experiments about artificial intelligence from a lawyer’s point of view, including like the Turing Test (brought to public attention in the film “The Imitation Game”), ultimately addressing the question: If corporations can be human enough to be held liable for defamation, why can’t computers?

This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required to attend the live event.  If you would prefer to attend via Zoom, you may register here

Free and open to the public
Cowles Auditorium
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota/West Bank

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