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19 September 2023 - Large language models - Oral evidence

Committee Communications and Digital Committee
Inquiry Large language models

Tuesday 19 September 2023

Start times: 2:00pm (private) 2:30pm (public)

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What are the opportunities and risks of Large Language Models?

The Communications and Digital Committee holds two evidence sessions on Large Language Models (LLMs). The first session with industry leaders focuses on the benefits of LLMs to the UK economy and society. The second session with businesses and academic experts focuses on immediate risks, examines the case for catastrophic risk, and explores wider challenges the technology poses.

Meeting details

At 2:30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Large language models
UK Director of Research at IBM
AI Director at BT Group
Co-founder at Applied XL
Founder at Air Street Capital
At 3:30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Large language models
Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley
Chief Scientist at Cohere
Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Logically
Chief Scientist at NCC Group


The Committee is looking at large language models and what needs to happen over the next 1–3 years to ensure the UK can respond to their opportunities and risks. Large language models are a form of generative AI which has seen significant advances in capability in recent years, including the development of OpenAI’s GPT-3 and GPT-4 models.

Possible areas for discussion

Possible areas for discussion with witnesses in the first evidence session include how businesses are adapting to LLMs and looking to take advantage of the opportunities they provide. This will include discussion on whether the UK investment landscape is set up to support the development of the technology in this country, the extent of economic benefits, barriers to progress, and the effect LLMs are likely to have on jobs.

Possible areas for discussion with witnesses in the second evidence session focus on risks from AI including an exploration of limited, catastrophic and existential risks, disinformation, cybersecurity, societal and economic harm; how well these risks are understood; and how they can be mitigated by government and industry.

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Room 4, Palace of Westminster

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