Monday Feb. 12
Generative AI: How it works and why it matters
2 to 3 p.m.
Flawn Academic Center (FAC) 334A

The release of OpenAI’s ChatGPT took the AI world by storm a year ago. Maggie Engler and Numa Dhamani, co-authors of Introduction to Generative AI, will discuss how generative AI models work at a high level, with an emphasis on large language models (LLMs).

This engaging discussion will not only explore the immense potential of LLMs but also shed light on their inherent limitations, fostering a nuanced understanding of their capabilities. They will discuss the broader societal, legal, and ethical issues that surround them, such as copyright and intellectual property, bias, and misuse.

Further, Dhamani and Engler will share their real-world experience and outline paths forward, including recommendations for using generative tools responsibly and research approaches towards the development of safer generative AI. This discussion will be accessible to both technical and non-technical audiences, ensuring that everyone can grasp the transformative capabilities and limitations of these models so that we can collectively work towards a society that is informed and considerate about generative AI.