About the Team
We are an interdisciplinary research team based at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, Czechia. We share a passion for understanding AI-related institutional change, pursuing practically relevant research, and fostering human-positive technological advancements. By employing rigorous qualitative and quantitative methodologies, we analyze real-world data to inform and shape the future of AI-driven institutional transformation. Our expertise is further enriched by a strong theoretical foundation, enabling us to develop comprehensive normative frameworks to guide innovative institutional design.
Head of the Research Group
Petr is an assistant professor affiliated with the Department of Psychology and Life Sciences at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University. He is a theorist, focusing on epistemic democratization and growing increasingly fascinated by the potential of large language models to revolutionize epistemic institutions. His interest also lies in political epistemology and democratic theory. You can find more about Petr on his web.
Martin is a sociocultural anthropologist, working as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University in Prague. In addition to his ethnographic research on post-rural communities in Slovakia, his professional interests include youth subcultures, body modifications, and indigenous peoples of North America. His recent research focus is on the transformations of epistemic institutions, such as universities or newsrooms, under the influence of new technologies.
Hedvika is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, and the chair of its Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. She focuses on memory studies, rural anthropology, and post-subcultural studies. Hedvika is an expert on qualitative research methods, especially ethnographic research. Her field of interest has recently expanded toward the examination of the technological influences on people's institutional behavior.
Vojtěch is a researcher at the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences at the University of Hradec Králové. He focuses on social ontology and, more specifically, on social norms, rule-following, and institutional behavior. Recently, his interest has also shifted toward digital technologies and their impact on social and institutional behavior.
Lucy Císař Brown
Lucy is a doctoral student working in the field of historical sociology at the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University in Prague. With a background in anthropology, history and professional archaeology, Lucy has maintained a fascination with the long-term development of societies, state formation and social deviance. Her current research interests are of an empirical and theoretical nature surrounding the development of European society from the Medieval to the Modern periods. Particular interest is devoted to the long-term processes of criminal prosecutions (specifically gendered crimes and witchcraft prosecutions) and the relations between states and citizens. In relation to Artificial Intelligence, she is particularly interested in the social implications of LLMs within the context of state/individual figurations.
Karina is a PhD student in General Anthropology at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University. She also serves as the President of the Czech Society for Cognitive Science. Her areas of specialization include contemporary history, socio-cultural and medical anthropology, with a primary focus on European healthcare systems and potential improvements. Consequently, she recognizes significant potential within the field of AI. Moreover, her dissertation centers on the utilization of AI Language Models (LLMs) by startups, particularly in the realm of mental health. Karina is an active member of the Czech Effective Altruism Association, where she is engaged in addressing AI-related issues.
Martin is a Master's student in General Anthropology at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University. He works as an applied researcher with Socionaut, a collective specializing in participatory urban planning. Martin's academic trajectory has been marked by a focus on urban anthropology, earning him the CASA award for the best bachelor's thesis in 2021. Currently, he is involved in his master's research, examining the evolving learning practices, perceptions, and values among Czech university students in the context of the proliferation of large language models.