Using AI for Dialoguing with Texts
From Psychology to Cinema and Literature
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This concise volume offers an accessible introduction to state-of-the-art AI language models, providing a platform for their use in textual interpretation across the humanities and social sciences.
The book outlines the affordances of new technologies for textual analysis, which has historically employed established approaches within the humanities. Neuman, Danesi, and Vilenchik argue that these different forms of analysis are indeed complementary, demonstrating the ways in which AI-based perspectives echo similar theoretical and methodological currents in traditional approaches while also offering new directions for research. The volume showcases examples from a wide range of texts, including novels, television shows, and films, to illustrate the ways in which the latest AI technologies can be used for "dialoguing" with textual characters and examining textual meaning coherence.
Illuminating the potential of AI language models to both enhance and extend research on the interpretation of texts, this book will appeal to scholars interested in cognitive approaches to the humanities, in such fields as literary studies, discourse analysis, media studies, film studies, psychology, and Artificial Intelligence.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. What Is a Text?
Chapter 2. A Friendly Introduction to Machine Learning and Deep Neural Networks
Chapter 3. A Friendly Introduction to Large Language Models
Chapter 4. Using AI for Dialoguing with Texts
Chapter 5. Bart Simpson: The Rebellious Mind
Chapter 6. Marilyn Monroe: Are Diamonds Really a Girl’s Best Friend?
Chapter 7. The Mind of a Killer: From Pulp Fiction to Seung-Hui Cho
Chapter 8. To Die Will Be an Awfully Big Adventure: AI in Neverland
Chapter 9. When Harry Met Sally: AI and the Fake Orgasm
Chapter 10. Final Summary
Yair Neuman (b. 1968) is the head of the Functor Lab, Department of Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is the author of numerous papers and eight books and has a long-standing interest in interdisciplinary approaches to the interpretation of texts.
Marcel Danesi (b. 1946) is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and the author of numerous papers and books. He has published in semiotics, linguistics, and popular culture. He is interested in the relation between sign systems and cognitive processes.
Dan Vilenchik (b. 1977) is a senior lecturer at the School of Electrical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is interested in the development of new methodologies to enhance multidisciplinary research, with a special focus on Online Social Networks and natural language processing.