Newsletter - futuristic backgrounds
February 2024
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We are happy
to announce the launch of the
DHSS Hub Website!

You are cordially invited to visit the 
DHSS Hub Website and meet our researchers and staff, learn about our projects & computational tools, explore
the new-media art gallery, our academic courses and more...
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In the last year, artificial intelligence has swept the world with ChatGPTMidjourney, Stable Diffusion and other AI driven platforms that became household words in no time.

AI has the potential to reshape research in the humanities and social sciences. From research in cultural heritage and archeology, deciphering ancient texts and languages, restoration of lost images, to research in literature and sociology, analyzing narratological structures, thematic patterns and shifting trends in social media and public policies, AI can literally impact any field of studies. 
Whether for in-depth research or as a research assistant (for example, AI tools such as SciSpace or Connected Papers) that summarizes and finds articles, edits and revises, AI has joined the humanities and social sciences and it is now up to us to make the best of it in a critical and responsible way.

The integration of AI in the humanities and social sciences is not about replacing human understanding but augmenting it. By handling large-scale data analysis, AI allows researchers to focus on interpretation and critical thinking. As this technology evolves, it is imperative to approach its application with a balanced perspective, considering both its potential and its limitations. 

Although this constructive dialogue among AI, the humanities and social sciences, is taken with a grain of salt by some researchers, ChatGPT is definitely open to this idea, as evident by the previous paragraph that was written by ChatGPT.
What's New un the Hub
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Artificial Intelligence -
What is All that ChatGPT?

Dr. Eyal Rabin

DHSS Hub Workshop with
The Center for Innovation in Learning Technologies

What is generative AI? What skills are required in a world saturated in AI?
Join us on 11th March for a workshop on ChatGPT, and 
learn how to use it in your daily work, in research and in teaching. 

The DHSS Hub Seminar

What Can We Learn
about Language when
a Machine Learns it? 

On 4th March, Dr. Nurit Melnik will discuss linguistics and the advances in NLP (Natural Language Processing). Are LLMs even relevant for linguists who study "what do we know when we know language"? How can we utilize these advancements for linguistic research?   
Research Spot: Computing Creative Processes in Hebrew Literature
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In this scholarly endeavor, Dr. Yiftach Ashkenazi delves into the epochal transformation of modern Hebrew literature during the transition from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, a period colloquially termed the Revival or Revitalization Era. Central to Dr. Ashkenazi's hypothesis is the proposition that literary communities—both authors and readers—serve not merely as facilitative environments but rather as crucibles for a complex and interactive process of literary codification and decipherment. 
Employing a sophisticated digital humanities approach, Dr. Ashkenazi's project leverages the capabilities of advanced language models to probe the influence and presence of these literary communities. His methodology includes three stages, beginning with an analysis of literary signatures, utilizing analytical tools such as Stylo, Antconc, and GloVe to unearth stylistic and thematic clusters; followed by an examination of the literary mechanisms employed by writers communities, which guide the processes of literary creation and interpretation; lastly, he synthesizes these empirical findings in order to reconstruct the creative process inherent in literature and harnessing language models like GPT-4 or AI21 for the reverse-engineering of the literary trajectories of these communities.
The import of this project is manifold, promising to shed light on the symbiotic relationship between literary communities, writers, readers, and their respective environments. Furthermore, it aims to provide nuanced insights into the evolution and shaping of modern Hebrew literature, underpinned by the sociopolitical dynamics of the era.


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