May 12, 2023

Friday Night AI: “ChatGPT: What is it and what are its abilities and limitations?”

Invited speaker: U-M SI Prof. Dallas Card
Organizer: Michigan AI Lab, in collaboration with the Ann Arbor District Library
Moderator: Prof. Rada Mihalcea
When: May 12, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: AADL Ann Arbor downtown, multi-purpose room (343 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104)

The event will include an interactive activity run by PhD student Naihao Deng to explore the inner-workings behind ChatGPT. Activity appropriate for children and adults alike.


Human: What are you and what kind of applications can you enable?

ChatGPT:  I am ChatGPT, an AI language model developed by OpenAI. I have been trained on a massive dataset of human language, allowing me to generate responses to prompts and questions in a way that can mimic human conversation. Some of the applications for my technology include customer service chatbots, virtual assistants, language translation, and content generation.

While I can be a useful tool for a wide range of tasks, it’s important to remember that my abilities are still limited and I am not a perfect substitute for human expertise.

Join us for a conversation with Michigan AI experts discussing the technology behind ChatGPT  and the main ideas that led to its current performance. We will also address questions such as:

What are ChatGPT’s main abilities and limitations?

What applications can it enable?

How it handles controversial topics, and what ethical concerns it raises? 

What are the societal implications, and what changes do we need to start thinking about as technologies like ChatGPT will start being deployed at scale? 

About the speakers:

Dallas Card is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information, where he works at the intersection of machine learning, natural language processing, and data science. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, he was a postdoctoral scholar with the Stanford NLP group and Data Science Institute. He holds a PhD in Machine Learning from Carnegie Mellon University.

Moderator: Prof. Rada Mihalcea, Director Michigan AI