AI Interactions: ChatGPT and beyond


08/05/2023 - 14:00 to 17:00


in person at SISSA and on Zoom

An exciting workshop exploring the potential and limitations of ChatGPT as a research tool, its implications across various fields, and ethical considerations. Discover how AI can impact your work and learn from experts in AI, data science, and science communication. 

The event is open to postgraduate students, researchers and staff from any institution — priority will be given to SISSA students should the in-person places be oversubscribed. 



1. Welcome by SISSA Director, Prof. Andrea Romanino (5 minutes)

2. Talk - "The Emergence of a Third Thing" (40 minutes)

Stephen Follows and Eliel Camargo Molina co-present a talk sharing their insights and experiences related to AI, particularly ChatGPT. They will discuss the implications of AI for creative endeavors and its impact within the scientific community. The talk will conclude with the notion that AI represents a new form of intelligence beyond human and computer, which we are still striving to understand.

3. Workshop - "Discovering Your AI Experience" (90 minutes)

Participants will engage with ChatGPT, and be divided into groups to complete two sets of missions: Capabilities missions, to investigate AI's potential as a research companion; and Real-world communication missions, applying AI to human-centered challenges. After 45 minutes, groups will present their findings and discuss their experiences using AI tools.

4. Panel Discussion - "Envisioning Our AI Future" (45 minutes)

Stephen will moderate a panel discussion featuring Eliel & Daniela Huppenkothen. They will explore AI's implications across various fields, ethical considerations, and potential future applications. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.

5. Closing Remarks and Networking (30 minutes), followed by drinks reception 

Stephen and Eliel will provide a summary of the event's key insights and encourage further exploration of AI tools. Attendees can network and discuss their thoughts on AI and its potential impact on their respective fields.


Please note that this event will be held in a hybrid format, with limited in-person capacity and an online option for remote participation. 


Register now to secure your spot!  Registration deadline: May 5th

Registration is required for both in-person and online participation for organisational and logistics reasons. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants on the day of the event. Confirmation of in-person attendance will be sent by May 7th. 

For any questions, please contact Roberto Trotta (


Presenters and panelists: 

Eliel Camargo-Molina is a theoretical physicist with a background in particle physics and cosmology and this year's SCAS Natural Sciences Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. In the last year, he has become an AI enthusiast, diving into the applications of large language models in both scientific research and creative industries. Eliel has been working on a scriptwriting project using GPT and co-hosts the podcast "Authored by AI." With his interdisciplinary approach, he is excited to explore the potential of AI to revolutionize various fields and contribute to the ongoing conversation surrounding its implications.

Stephen Follows is a highly regarded film data researcher and educator based in London, specialising in data analysis, storytelling, and film education. His extensive research has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Daily Mail. As an educator, Stephen has taught at prestigious institutions like the National Film and Television School (NFTS), Met Film School, and New York University (NYU), covering a variety of topics from film producing to advanced creative thinking. He has also provided consultation services to a diverse range of clients, including Hollywood studios, major investors, notable personalities, and institutions.

Alongside his research and teaching endeavours, Stephen is an accomplished writer and producer, boasting numerous awards for his scriptwriting and a portfolio of over 100 short films and two feature films. He co-founded Catsnake, a story agency that assists clients in utilising storytelling to effect positive change, primarily for charities and non-profit organisations. As a board member and advisor, Stephen has contributed to the growth and development of organisations such as the Central Film School and the feminist charity Birds Eye View.

Daniela Huppenkhoten is a tenure-track researcher and NWO WISE Fellow at the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, where her research is at the interface of astronomy and data science. She is also a Data Science fellow at the eScience Institute of the University of Washington. In her role as an organizer of Astro Hack Week, she is interested in how we can facilitate communication and collaboration both within and between scientific communities, and how we can help scientists learn and use modern data science methods. 

Director for the DIRAC Institute at the University of Washington, Seattle, after three years as a Moore-Sloan Data Science Fellow at New York University's Center for Data Science.