Selected links to op-eds I've authored and various pieces where I am interviewed or quoted. (This was exhaustive through Nov 2020.)


All-knowing machines are a fantasy Beware the human-sounding ChatGPT, Emily M. Bender and Chirag Shah. IAI News December 13, 2022.

Human-like programs abuse our empathy – even Google engineers aren’t immune. Emily M. Bender. The Guardian June 14, 2022.

Look behind the curtain: Don’t be dazzled by claims of ‘artificial intelligence’. Emily M. Bender. The Seattle Times May 11, 2022.

Guest post: AI surveillance in prisons is a terrible idea, both technologically and ethically. Emily M. Bender and Rachael Tatman. GeekWire October 9, 2021.


We asked the new AI to do some simple rocket science. It crashed and burned, Geoff Brumfiel, NPR Morning Edition, February 2, 2023.

How will ChatGPT change the future of information?, KUOW SoundSide with Libby Denkmann, December 13, 2022.

Has AI developed consciousness?, BBC The Inquiry, July 7, 2022.

Don't worry about the robot revolution: One expert explains why AI is nowhere near sentience, Here & Now, June 27, 2022.

Geprägt von Hypes und Vorurteilen: Wie geht bessere Berichterstattung über KI?, Jenny Genzmer and Vera Linss, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, June 4, 2022.

New concerns over AI language program's troubling tendencies, Eliza Strickland, Here & Now, WBUR, October 5, 2021.

Ousted Black Google Researcher: 'They Wanted To Have My Presence, But Not Me Exactly', Bobby Allyn, NPR, December 17, 2020.

Seattle's Morning News, KIRO Radio 97.3FM, April 9, 2019.

Talk the Talk, August 2018.

In Conversation on KPTZ with Sheila Bender of Writing It Real. April 2017.


UW Professor Explains New Artificial Intelligence Chatbot, KIRO 7 News, December 30, 2022.

What Would A Sentient, Conscious Robot Mean For Humans?, Newsy, June 22, 2022.

Al Jazeera, June 14, 2022.

BBC News, June 13, 2022.

Newspapers, online magazines, and other news sites

Amazon warns employees not to share confidential information with ChatGPT after seeing cases where its answer 'closely matches existing material' from inside the company, Eugene Kim, Business Insider, Jaunary 24, 2023.

One Good Text ... with Emily M. Bender, Louise Matsakis, SEMAFOR Technology, January 11, 2023.

Startup Uses AI Chatbot to Provide Mental Health Counseling and Then Realizes It 'Feels Weird', Chloe Xiang, Motherboard: Tech by Vice, January 10, 2023.

Search engines and AI will make each other better, Shubhuam Agarwal, Freethink*, December 29, 2022.

Why We Should Not Trust Chatbots as Sources of Information, Mind Matters News, December 18, 2022.

OpenAI’s ChatGPT is seen as a path-breaking AI tool. But experts say that’s far from the truth, Shruti Dhapola, The Indian Express, December 12, 2022.

OpenAI Chatbot So Good It Can Fool Humans, Even When It’s Wrong, Dina Bass, Bloomberg, December 7, 2022.

ChatGPT’s Most Charming Trick Is Also Its Biggest Flaw, Will Knight, WIRED, December 7, 2022.

The hidden danger of ChatGPT and generative AI | The AI Beat, Sharon Goldman, VentureBeat, December 5, 2022.

The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Can it be successfully regulated?, Sarah Glazer, CQ Researcher, November 25, 2022.

Why Meta’s latest large language model survived only three days online, Will Douglas Heaven, MIT Technology Review, November 18, 2022.

Scientists Increasingly Can’t Explain How AI Works, Chloe Xiang, Motherboard: Tech by VICE, November 1, 2022.

Column: The artificial intelligence field is infected with hype. Here’s how not to get duped, Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, October 7, 2022.

In Experiment, AI Successfully Impersonates Famous Philosopher, Shayla Love, Motherboard, Tech by VICE, July 26, 2022.

Fun AI Apps Are Everywhere Right Now. But a Safety 'Reckoning' Is Coming, Billy Perrigo, Time, June 23, 2022.

Non, l'intelligence artificielle de Google n'est pas consciente, comme l'affirme un ingénieur de l'entreprise, Philippe Berry, 20 minutes, June 15, 2022.

Google Debate Over ‘Sentient’ Bots Overshadows Deeper AI Issues, Davey Alba, Bloomberg, June 14, 2022.

This AI model tries to re-create the mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Pranshu Verma, Washington Post, June 14, 2022.

Hat Chatbot LaMDA ein Bewusstein entwickelt? Google beurlaubt Angestellten, Martin Holland, heise online, June 13, 2022.

A.I. experts say the Google researcher's claim that his chatbot became 'sentient' is ridiculous---but also highlights big problems in the field, Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, June 13, 2022

The Google engineer who thinks the company's AI has come to life, Nitasha Tiku, Washington Post, June 11, 2022.

Huge "foundation models" are turbo-charging AI progress, The Economist, June 11, 2022.

The problem with overestimating AI, Hope Reese,, May 18, 2022.

Chatbots in U.S. justice system raise bias, privacy concerns, Avi Asher-Schapiro and David Sherfinski, Thomson Reuters Foundation News, May 10, 2022.

META lancerer verdens største open source-sprogmodel: Kan presse andre til at åbne op, Therese Moreau, Version2, May 10, 2022.

Meta has built a massive new language AI—and it’s giving it away for free Will Douglas Heaven, MIT Technology Review, May 3, 2022.

Afternoon Snack: We have been talking about Twitter a lot this week. Ben Schreckinger, Politico: Digital Future Daily, April 29, 2022.

Chatbots could one day replace search engines. Here’s why that’s a terrible idea. Will Douglas Heaven, MIT Technology Review, March 29, 2022.

Q&A: Preserving context and user intent in the future of web search, Lauren Kirschman, UW News, March 14, 2022.

Amazon helps develop Alexa-like Callisto system for Artemis moon mission, Paul Brinkmann, Science News, January 5, 2022.

Why we must rethink AI benchmarks, Ben Dickson, TechTalks, December 6, 2021.

Microsoft is giving businesses access to OpenAI’s powerful AI language model GPT-3, James Vincent, The Verge, November 2, 2021.

Limits to Growth: Can AI’s Voracious Appetite for Data Be Tamed?, John McQuaid, Undark, October 18, 2021.

A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate, Will Knight, WIRED, September 14, 2021.

At Stanford’s “foundation models” workshop, large language model debate resurfaces, Heyden Field, Emerging Tech Brew, August 30, 2021.

Google’s Next AI Move: Teaching Foreign Languages, Sarah Krouse, The Information, June 16, 2021.

Google is making search worse by making it easier, Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, May 19, 2021.

Google made AI language the centerpiece of I/O while ignoring its troubled past at the company, James Vincent, The Verge, May 19, 2021.

Google baffles AI experts with radical proposals for search engine overhaul: 'What could possibly go wrong?', Martin Coulter, Business Insider, May 17, 2021.

Google Turmoil Exposes Cracks Long in Making for Top AI Watchdog, Nico Grant, Dina Bass, and Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg, April 21, 2021.

Reading between the lines: nuances in language alter our perception of everyday life, with meaningful consequences, Julianna Chang, The Oracle, April 18, 2021.

Computational language models can further environmental degradation and language bias, Kate Companion, The Daily, April 8, 2021.

This Powerful AI Technique Led to Clashes at Google and Fierce Debate in Tech. Here's Why., Hayden Field, Emerging Tech Brew, March 29, 2021.

Training AI to be really smart poses risks to climate, Kathryn Hulick, Science News Explores, March 19, 2021.

How one employee's exit shook Google and the AI industry, Rachel Metz, CNN Business, March 11, 2021.

Large computer language models carry environmental, social risks, Jackson Holtz, UW News, March 10, 2021.

‘This is bigger than just Timnit’: How Google tried to silence a critic and ignited a movement, Katharine Schwab, Fast Company, February 26, 2021.

Kunstig intelligens-forsker: — På en måte er hele fagfeltet en skam, Hanne Østli Jakobsen, Morgenbladet, February 12, 2021.

Inside a Hot-Button Research Paper: Dr. Emily M. Bender Talks Large Language Models and the Future of AI Ethics, Hayden Field, Morning Brew, February 1, 2021.

We read the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google. Here’s what it says., Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review, December 4, 2020.

Google embroiled in row over AI bias research, Richard Waters, Financial Times, December 3, 2020.

Google Scientist’s Abrupt Exit Exposes Rift in Prominent AI Unit, Mark Bergen, Dina Bass, and Shelly Banjo, Bloomberg, December 3, 2020.

GPT-3, the machine that learned to troll, Danny Fortson, The Sunday Times, October 18, 2020.

Gaming The Grade: How One Middle Schooler Beat A Virtual Learning Algorithm, Francesca Paris, Here & Now (WBUR), September 3, 2020.

AI Weekly: The promise and shortcomings of OpenAI’s GPT-3, Khari Johnson, VentureBeat, July 24, 2020.

AI gatekeepers are taking baby steps toward raising ethical standards, Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, June 26, 2020.

Smartphone Coronavirus Test? Apps Would Listen to Your Cough, Asa Fitch, Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2020.

A Linguistic Lens on Artificial Intelligence, Chris Gorski, Inside Science, March 3, 2020.

A tug-of-war over biased AI, Kaveh Waddell, Axios, December 14, 2019.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Getting Us Closer to Star Trek’s Universal Translators, Lorelei Laird,, November 20, 2019.

We Teach A.I. Systems Everything, Including Our Biases, Cade Metz, New York Times, November 12, 2019.

Siri, Are You Guessing?, Nancy Joseph, Perspectives Newsletter, October 1, 2019.

Flawed Algorithms Are Grading Millions of Students’ Essays, Todd Feathers, Motherboard, August 20, 2019.

Too many proposals, too little money: After researchers struggle to find funding, UW researcher proposes new funding system, Ash Shah, The Daily of the University of Washington, April 1, 2019.

Immersed in Japan at John Stanford, North American Post, January 11, 2019.

Talking our languages, Eric Engleman, Puget Sound Business Journal, May 21, 2016.

Pieces that need contextualizing

Sometimes I get quoted in media pieces that I think get the overall story wrong. And sometimes I have the time/energy to write up reactions/responses to them. I'll keep a list of those pieces + my responses here.

Lost in translation: Cohere’s AI software wrote parts of this story. But is it ready for the world?, Joe Castaldo, Rob Magazine, the Globe and Mail, October 26, 2022.

My response: tweet thread

The AI revolution is already here, Danny Fortson, The Sunday Times, October 2, 2022.

My response: tweet thread

10 years later, deep learning 'revolution' rages on, say AI pioneers Hinton, LeCun and Li, Sharon Goldman, Venture Beat, September 14, 2022.

My response: tweet thread

A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?, Steven Johnson, The New York Times Magazine, April 15, 2022.

My response: On NYT Magazine on AI: Resist the Urge to be Impressed,, April 17, 2022.


Mystery AI Hype Theater 3000, with Alex Hanna:

  • Episode 1, "Can Machines Learn How to Behave?", Part 1. August 31, 2022.
  • Episode 2, "Can Machines Learn How to Behave?", Part 2. September 6, 2022.
  • Episode 3, "Can Machines Learn How to Behave?", Part 3. September 23, 2022.
  • Episode 4, "Is AI Art Actually Art?", with guests Dr. Jonathan Flowers, Negar Rostamzadeh, and Jennifer C. Lena. October 26, 2022.
  • Episode 5, "Sam Bankman-Fried's Future Fund and Fresh AI Hell". November 9, 2022.
  • Episdoe 6, "Stochastic Parrot Galactica". November 23, 2022.
  • Episode 7, "There are Now 15 Competing Evaluation Metrics", with guest Dr. Jeremy Kahn. December 14, 2022.

Emily M. Bender and Ev Fedorenko: Large Language Models, Brain Inspired episode 144, August 17, 2022.

The Real Problem with A.I. with Emily Bender, Factually! with Adam Conover #162, June 21, 2022.

Language Models and Linguistics, Gradient Dissent, September 9, 2021. [Video version]

Me Myself and AI, The Vocal Fries, August 2, 2021.

Can Language Models Be Too Big? 🦜, TWiML AI Podcast, with Margaret Mitchell, March 25, 2021. [Version with video and auto transcript]

NLP Ethics and What Neural Language Models Can't Do, Rasa Chats, February 10, 2021. [version with video and auto transcript]

Technically Ethical, Episode 1, Why Doesn't Siri Understand Me?, recorded May 2020, released August 2020.

The Radical AI Podcast Episode 16: The Power of Linguistics: Unpacking Natural Language Processing Ethics with Emily Bender, recorded May 2020, released July 2020.

Is Linguistics Missing from NLP Research? TWiML AI Podcast, May 2020. [Version with video and auto transcript]

Ethical Considerations in NLP Research, NLP Highlights 106, February 2020.

VoiceFirst.FM's This Week in Voice, September 2017. (Excerpts included in the audio book Perspectives on Gender in #VoiceFirst Technology)

#WomenInLinux Podcast with Tameika Reed and Dionne Parler of Women In Linux. April 2016.

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