VUB begins conversation with students on workings of AI

VUB begins conversation with students on workings of AI

Five-part conversation series starts on 7 March, 16.30-18.30, room I.0.03, Pleinlaan 2, Elsene

Monday 4 ​ March 2024 - Generative AI tools like ChatGPT are pioneering technological innovations that are radically altering our society. Despite a host of discussions about the dangers of tools like these, the technology behind them is often little understood. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) wants to change that. In a series of five conversations, it is connecting with its students to explore the challenging issues relating to the academic impact of AI tools. As an urban engaged university, it wants to give its students the knowledge and skills they need to critically handle AI tools.

What is the difference between AI and generative AI? How does the technology behind large language models work? Where do they get their data from? What does their learning curve look like? How do they handle feedback from users? Why should we consider their results with a critical eye? And what ethical issues are involved in developing generative AI tools? ​ ​

The issues around generative AI are about much more than simply fraud and plagiarism. To give students a deeper understanding of the inner workings and application of the technology, the VUB is organising a series of five plenary sessions, called Generative AI Conversations. Each session highlights a particular topic from different scientific perspectives. The sessions will take place in English on Thursdays from 16.30 to 18.30 in room I.0.03 on the VUB campus in Etterbeek:

  • Demystifying large language models (7 March)
  • How do large language models learn? (21 March)
  • Why do large language models hallucinate? (18 April)
  • The interaction between large language models and the world (25 April)
  • Large language models and their feedback loop (16 May)
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Members of the press are invited to the conversations. If you would like to attend, please let us know via [email protected] 

More information

  • Vincent Ginis, VUB artificial intelligence expert + 32 495 21 31 63

Broaden your horizons

This initiative is part of VUB’s public programme: a programme for everyone who thinks the world can be different and believes that scientific insights, critical thinking and dialogue are an important first step to making a difference to your environment and the world.

As an urban engaged university, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel aims to be a driver of change. Through our teaching and innovative research, we contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and make our mark on the future

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