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Nº. 2023 | 3

Literacy and aritificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a fixture of daily life. We make use of language assistants and search engines, and algorithms suggest books we might like, help us produce, refine, translate, or even evaluate texts. Artificial neural networks are now processing growing amounts of data, machines are learning independently as they process these data, recognising linguistic rules, for example, and applying them. It is these developments which constituted our point of departure in planning a themed issue on «Literacy and AI» on literacyforum.ch.

Over the course of the two years from the concept for this issue to its publication, our day-to-day life has dramatically changed with AI. Not only is everyone talking about chatbots like ChatGPT, Google Bard or Bing Chat, but these tools have also led to significant momentum in the areas of reading and writing, both in research and practice.
New empirical studies are being published on a regular basis and AI has also reached our classrooms, where it is now being used as a tool in literature lessons and in writing activities. This issue can therefore offer only a snapshot of this moment in time, alongside insights into what is a very lively debate. It can also consider whether the concept of literacy can still find application in an age of AI, or how it might need to evolve. More

The association Leseforum Schweiz would like to thank the Federal Office of Culture FOC for its support.

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