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Machines and Society

A growing guide on the latest in data-driven research and emerging technologies at the intersection of society, information and technology.


Welcome to "Machines and Society". This platform serves as an entry point to resources for emerging topics in data-driven research where technology, information, and society intersect. Our collection of guides seeks to address critical needs that arise from the use of data and consumption of information. These guides are accompanied by several living series of information and data literacy programs, curated by the NYU Shanghai Library.

The guides on this site encompass a wide range of topics, including:

  • ChatGPT explains what the tool is and how it works practically and conceptually, and demonstrates the applications of the technology for scholarly and creative purposes in academic settings. 
  • Generative A.I. and Society provides a variety of resources centered around generative A.I. and its implications for creativity, art, governance, and business, including industry reports, books, papers, and transcript of the panel discussion A.I. Computes. But Does It Create? at NYU Shanghai (April 2023).
  • Emerging A.I. Tools and Approaches is an overview of practical and innovative A.I. tools and technologies that are relevant to teaching and learning, research and creativity.
  • Computational Social Research provides an array of methodological and technical instruments as well as a collection of seminal studies from prominent areas within this dynamic field for reference and inspiration. 

Join us on this journey of discovery and stay informed about the latest developments.


Yun Dai
Data Services Librarian
Data Services | NYU Shanghai Library