Generative AI: How to Keep AI Human-Centric & Productive in the ChatGPT Era

Published by Experiential AI at Northeastern University Fri, Apr 21, 2023 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM EEST

Join Usama Fayyad, executive director, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, director of research, and Kenneth Church, senior principal research scientist at the Institute for Experiential AI for an important talk about keeping AI human-centric & productive in the ChatGPT era. This virtual seminar will take place on Thursday, April 13 at 3 p.m. EST.

GPT is good at regurgitating well-established knowledge if it is included (with repetition in multiple docs) in its training data. For well-chosen training corpus, ChatGPT is able to effectively summarize or fuse together multiple sources. But that is also its weakness since it has little semantic understanding of what it is fusing. Where it struggles is building on multiple inquiries, applying innovative thinking to a problem, and being able to critically think about what it supplies as answers or track the sources of the information. This includes a lack of common sense reasoning which ends up with clearly silly statements about some topics that are “obvious” to humans. This emphasizes the need to have the human-in-the-loop as we leverage these new impressive capabilities to speed up our writing, coding, researching, and understanding information.

–Usama Fayyad


Usama Fayyad is the executive director of the Institute for Experiential AI. Usama joined Northeastern University Khoury College of Computer Science as professor of the practice and the Office of the Provost as the Inaugural Executive Director of the Institute for Experiential AI. He continues as Chairman of Open Insights, a company he founded as a technology and consulting firm in 2008 after leaving Yahoo to enable enterprises to get value out of their data assets and optimize or create new business models based on the evolving economy of interactions. Leveraging open-source and Big Data technology with strategic consulting, Open Insights deploys data-driven solutions to grow revenue from data assets through Big Data strategy, new business models, data science, and AI/ML solutions…  read more

Ricardo Baeza-Yates is the director of research at the Institute for Experiential AI. Ricardo joined the Institute for Experiential AI after his role as Chief Technology Officer for NTENT, a semantic search company based in California. He is also a part-time professor at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, and the Department of Computing Science of Universidad de Chile in Santiago. He served as a founding director of The Center for Web Research at the Universidad de Chile until 2004… read more

Kenneth Church is a senior principal research scientist at the Institute for Experiential AI at Northeastern University. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has worked at AT&T, Microsoft, Hopkins, IBM and Baidu…  read more

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