A Sociological Conversation with ChatGPT about AI Ethics, Affect and Reflexivity

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This research note is a conversation between ChatGPT and a sociologist about the use of ChatGPT in knowledge production. ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence language model, programmed to analyse vast amounts of data, recognise patterns and generate human-like conversational responses based on that analysis. The research note takes an experimental form, following the shape of a dialogue, and was generated in real time, between the author and ChatGPT. The conversation reflects on, and is a reflexive contribution to, the study of artificial intelligence from a sociology of science perspective. It draws on the notion of reflexivity and adopts an ironic, parodic form to critically respond to the emergence of artificial intelligence language models, their affective and technical qualities, and thereby comments on their potential ethical, social and political significance within the humanities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1249-1258
Number of pages10
Issue number5
Early online date1 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2023


  • AI
  • ChatGPT
  • STS
  • aesthetics
  • affect
  • artificial intelligence
  • emotion
  • ethics
  • language model
  • parody
  • reflexivity


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