Daniel Weinstein, associate professor of English and a co-director of the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture, delivered the keynote speech, titled “Computers As Collaborators: Human Creativity In the Age of Artificial
Intelligence,” at the 22nd annual conference of the Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing on October 13, 2018.
In his talk, Weinstein argued that artificially intelligent computer systems, systems that can learn and change in response to interactions with humans and other environmental inputs, can benefit human creativity by supporting human creators during acts
of composing by gathering and organizing research materials and suggesting expressive forms for human creators to consider.
Acknowledging that some people fear AI agents due to popular representations of runaway systems, Weinstein addressed
this misgiving by advising teachers to encourage students to explore careers in safety engineering that include designing humane AI systems. In addition, he called for a broad-minded attitude toward critical information literacy that embraces personal,
interpersonal, and computer-assisted associations.
Department of English