MIT’s Washington Seminar Series 2023-2024
Join the MIT Club of Washington’s forty first annual Seminar Series on an vital nationwide subject associated to science, know-how, and public coverage. Each 12 months, the sequence gives engineers, scientists, business leaders, policymakers and educators a possibility to discover a selected subject in depth. Take this chance to develop a greater understanding of latest developments and key points.
Each session begins at 6:15 PM with a money bar, adopted by dinner at 7:00, and the presentation from roughly 8:00 to 9:30. Presentations by distinguished audio system are adopted by ample time for questions and dialogue. The social hour and dinner present further alternatives to satisfy the audio system, renew acquaintances, or take part stimulating discussions with different members.
The registration payment for the Series is $275 for ColumbiaDC members, which incorporates all dinners. The registration payment for non-members is $305.
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2023-2024 Seminar Series Description:
The strategies and purposes of Artificial Intelligence (AI) have modified considerably within the final a number of years, notably with the discharge in November 2022 of a brand new generative AI instrument referred to as ChatGPT. Already these present AI instruments can generate credible photographs, create paperwork in nearly excellent English, replicate private voices, and predict possible actions – and future enhancements will be anticipated. But additionally they elevate important coverage points like accuracy, plagiarism, accountability, and financial disruption. This Seminar Series will study the strategies and impacts of those rising AI instruments, and the moral challenges they elevate.
Tuesday, November 14, 2023: Introduction to Contemporary AISpeaker: Prof. Eric Burger ’84, Research Director, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, Virginia TechThe AI world has superior so much within the final a number of years, even within the final a number of months. This consists of machine studying, deep studying, neural networks, pure language fashions, and now industrial generative AI fashions that predict with shocking accuracy what the consumer will do or say subsequent. Already Google, Microsoft, and most different companies are shortly including generative AI capabilities to their search and associated merchandise. But there are dangers in utilizing these new applied sciences, and we have to perceive them. This overview session will describe this AI evolution, establish the capabilities of present AI instruments, and the way the AI elements relate to one another.
Tuesday, December 19, 2023: Natural Language ModelsSpeaker: Prof. Jacob Andreas, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), MITNatural language fashions are on the coronary heart of many latest AI developments, together with ChatGPT, which was publicly launched in November 2022. Their capabilities enable customers to work together in conversational English and generate outputs in related and significant textual content. Applications exist in such areas as chatbots, content material creation, language translation, and text-to-speech synthesis. We have to understand how Large Language Models (LLM) work, and why they generally create deceptive or false outcomes. This session will talk about how LLMs are created/used, and can discover the connection between massive language fashions and generative AI, together with analyzing neural networks, coaching algorithms, and the significance of efficient prompts.
Tuesday, January 9, 2024: The Risks and Possible Regulation of Using Advanced AI ToolsSpeaker: Dr. Paul Werbos, former Program Director, Information Technologies, NSF
There are a number of important dangers raised by AI fashions that predict future occasions based mostly upon digesting massive quantities of information protecting previous occasions. Fairness, bias, and transparency are key examples. Some argue that AI advances may deliver nice hurt or extinction to our society. Current generative AI fashions do make errors and generally produce incorrect or deceptive predictions. As a outcome, there are requires business tips or governmental regulation on the fast-moving use of AI models- or at the least a pause on additional growth of superior AI instruments. This session will discover the validity and standing of those dangers and the push for regulation- from a key participant in funding AI analysis for many years.
Tuesday, February 6, 2024: Future Directions for AI Research and ApplicationsSpeaker: Dr. Daniel Weld ’88, Prof. Emeritus, Univ. of Washington, General Manager and Chief Scientist for Semantic Scholar, Allen Institute of AI.
The fast-moving revolution of AI instruments and purposes makes us marvel what comes subsequent. The speaker will draw on his lengthy profession as an educator and entrepreneur in laptop science to discover potential instructions for AI. Where will the improvements be concentrated- in healthcare, in training, in cybersecurity, in enhancing productiveness? He will incorporate the work of the Allen Institute for AI, a big non-profit analysis group in Seattle with the mission of conducting high-impact AI analysis and engineering in service of the frequent good.
Tuesday, March 19, 2024: Machine Learning for Water and AgricultureSpeaker: Prof. Feras Batarseh, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
A key element of the evolving AI capabilities is the event and use of superior machine studying and neural networks throughout completely different domains. This session will describe the steps essential to arrange and run an AI utility utilizing modern machine studying instruments for agricultural and water methods. A latest utility for water methods within the DC space will serve for instance. It can even discover the present aggressive rush for a lot of corporations and provide chain producers to supply AI providers and embed generative AI instruments of their merchandise.
Tuesday, April 9, 2024: The User’s Perspective: Exploring New AI ToolsSpeaker: Joanna Stern, Senior Technology Journalist, Wall Street Journal
Join us for an enlightening speak by Joanna Stern as she delves into the fascinating world of Generative AI Tools from the consumer’s perspective. Generative AI has revolutionized varied industries, from artwork and design to language processing and healthcare. However, understanding and navigating these cutting-edge instruments could be a advanced journey for customers. The speaker will draw from her many interactions with each suppliers and customers to make clear the challenges and alternatives customers face whereas partaking with these new AI instruments. She will talk about how these instruments can be utilized to enhance our each day lives and what concerns are essential for designing user-centric experiences. She can even discuss the important thing gamers within the AI business and what instructions this new AI know-how may take.
Metro: Maggiano’s could be very close to the Friendships Heights Metro station.
Parking: Discounted parking is out there within the underground storage (marked Pavilion) for as much as 4 hours – entry is from Military Road and park within the part labeled “Friendship Center” (search for the elevator with a Maggiano’s signal). Bring your parking ticket to Maggiano’s for validation.
The restaurant is handicapped accessible.