Colloquy Downeast Blue Hill Maine

Colloquy Downeast

Spirited Conversations in Great Company

FacilitatorJack Lynch
Date & TimeTuesday June 13, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am
LocationHoward Room, Blue Hill Public Library

Are you bewildered by ChatGPT hype propagated by worried headline-seekers? Wondering if AI (artificial intelligence) technology is truly “intelligent”? Puzzled over precisely what “intelligent” means?

Jack Lynch will share his insights on these and other technical aspects of this controversial new technology. After considering what GPT is and what it does, he will explain language models behind its technology and discuss how it embraces human “book” sense but not (as yet) human “common” sense. We will not discuss any ethical, political, or educational issues.

For a brief demonstration of ChatGPT, we recommend any of the many videos available online. However, this 4-minute video is sufficient.

Jack Lynch is not an AI expert but has pondered related aspects of this groundbreaking information technology. Jack has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and SB and SM degrees in EE from MIT. He was a researcher in speech technology before retiring from MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1996. Since then, he has been an independent scholar in cognitive science investigating analog statistical models of language and the human mind.

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