Australian General Semantics Society Inc.


Saturday 22nd July 2023
10am Sydney time, on line via Zoom 

"Exploring the Intersection of Generative AI and Human Communication:
Insights from Jung, Korzybski and McLuhan"

Presenter: Mr John Gillam

We met as usual "on Zoom", with people from Sydney, Canberra, Bendigo, South Coast, Cleveland and Portland USA and Montreal Canada - Welcome, everyone!

Following the usual catch-ups and preliminaries, we launched into a presentation and discussion, of "our brave new world" of Artificial Intelligence (AI)!

Carl Jung (1875-1961), Alfred Korzybski (1879-1950), and Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) were influential thinkers whose ideas have greatly contributed to our understanding of human communication and that they have significant relevance to the development of generative AI.

Each of them provides a unique perspective and set of concepts that sheds light on the intricate nature of communication and its implications in the digital age. Moreover, they were all contemporaries during their careers.

John Gillam is a retired librarian and technology innovations officer with the National Library of Australia. He participated in the preservation of decaying celluloid movies in the national collection by working on the introduction of videodisc recording.

He contributed to cost reduction efforts through the introduction of an online national shared bibliographic database of publications. Later, he devoted a decade to working on the team that developed the Australian national satellite system, which ultimately led to his appointment as the European manager for an Australian telecommunications company.

During that time, he forged international partnerships and fostered cooperation. In retirement, John's passion for innovation persists. He remains actively engaged in the dynamic landscape of computerised translation services and has immersed himself in the captivating realm of generative artificial intelligence.

Today he joined us to share his experience and insights in the conjunction of artificial intelligence and general semantics.


Download John's pdf-format paper for this seminar

Watch the video of our seminar


  Saturday 22nd July 2023, 10am - 1pm Sydney time
  Friday 21st July 2023, 8pm – 11 pm Ohio / New York time.
  Please check your time zone, as daylight savings has changed.

   On-line, by Zoom (Covid and 'flu safe!)

  Zero, Zilch - it's free!




Next meeting:  Saturday 26th August 2023   10am - 1pm (Sydney time)  by Zoom

Mr David Hewson presents: "Basics of General Semantics"


This "summary" is a collection of notes provided by the presenter and/or derived from our discussion by a number of means.  It is by no means a scolarly dissertation on the subject(s) as presented.  It does not purport to be the "policy of AGS".

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Updated by Robert James
21st July 2023