PDA Event: A Gentle Introduction to ChatGPT

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Artificial Intelligence is rapidly changing the way that we write, research, and create. But how do tools like ChatGPT work? And how does this affect the text it generates? Join Mary Ton for a technobabble-free introduction to generative AI. As we discuss what’s happening behind-the-scenes, we’ll identify common issues when working with GPT-generated text, including hallucinated citations, and consider the current state of copyright for AI-generated works. We’ll also play with prompts for generating library programming ideas, developing creative projects, and copyediting. The final 40 minutes of the workshop will be devoted to Q&A and hands-on activities, so bring your curiosity and questions!

photo of Dr. Mary Borgo Ton

Dr. Mary Borgo Ton is an Assistant Professor and Digital Humanities Librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She delights in helping librarians, researchers, and artists imagine new possibilities for their work through thoughtful engagement with digital tools. Her approach to AI is informed by her experience as a composition instructor and digital publishing specialist. In her research, she uses machine learning to study the global history of projection. 

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