Using AI as a tool for social science research: Op-Ed


In an editorial for The Conversation, UWaterloo Professor of Psychology Igor Grossman argues that artificial intelligence (AI) systems can be harnessed for social science research. Grossman writes that AI models can act as research assistants by processing large amounts of information in rapid time, work as “actors” in social experiments, or substitute human participants in the initial phases of data collection. The writer also highlights ongoing concerns pertaining to the use of AI, including its capacity for bias reproduction. To strike a balance moving forward, Grossman asserts that people must be trained in AI literacy in order to critically assess its outputs and concludes that “AI is neither our enemy, nor our saviour–it’s a tool.”

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