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Chatting about ChatGPT and Where We’re Headed with the Future of Artificial Intelligence; Plus, the Upcoming Broadway at the Hobby Center 2023-2024 Season

What we can expect from AI’s rapidly increasing prevalence in our society.


The logo for OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT, appears on a mobile phone, in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023.


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The Broadway at the Hobby Center 2023-2024 season was announced today. We talk with Mark Folkes, President and CEO of The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, who shares what's coming in the exciting season ahead, which includes MJ the Musical, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Beetlejuice, Girl from the North Country, Hairspray, Funny Girl, Les Misérables, and Disney's The Lion King.

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Then, with the popularity of the heavily discussed AI chatbot ChatGPT, we talk about the recent discourse over Artificial Intelligence and the potential benefits and concerns many have due to its ever-growing presence in our daily lives.

Joining the conversation is Dr. Jeff Hancock, Professor of Communication from Stanford University, who through his research has examined the effect that AI has on interpersonal relationships. He discusses what we’re seeing with ChatGPT and the potential risks of AI as it becomes more common.

We're also joined by Dr. Ryan Kennedy, Professor of Political Science from the University of Houston, who also shares his thoughts on ChatGPT, how it can be implemented in our daily lives, and what implications we can expect from this.

Plus, an artist with an affinity for using AI to create artwork shares his thoughts on using this technology as a tool in his work.



Mark Folkes

  • President & CEO, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. Jeff Hancock

  • Professor of Communication, Stanford University
  • Founding Director, Stanford Social Media Lab

Dr. Ryan Kennedy

  • Professor of Political Science, University of Houston
  • Director, Machine-Assisted Human Decision-Making (MAHD) Lab
  • Principal Investigator, Community Responsive Algorithms for Social Accountability (CRASA Project)

Keith Reynolds

  • Artist, Musician, Playwright, and Computer Programmer

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