Published: March 6, 2024

Please join us for a colloquium with Professor Loriliai Biernacki on ChatGPT on Wednesday March 20th in HUMN 230 at 12:15pm.

Is ChatGPT a precursor to the Singularity? ---Indeed where AI becomes conscious? How do we understand Large Language learning Models? What are the problems of the models and are there solutions? And please bring your best strategies for dealing with it in the classroom!

This colloquium for grad students will point out problems with the architecture and functioning of ChatGPT and other LLMs, with an idea to thinking through strategies for both understanding how it works and dealing with it in our lives, in the classroom and outside the classroom.

Professor Loriliai Biernacki’s (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) research interests include Hinduism, the interface between religion and science, and gender. Her first book, Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex and Speech in Tantra (Oxford, 2007) won the Kayden Award in 2008. She is co-editor of God’s Body: Panentheism Across World Religions (Oxford University Press, 2013). Her study of the 11th century Indian philosopher Abhinavagupta, The Matter of Wonder: Abhinavagupta’s Panentheism and New Materialism, was recently published from Oxford University Press in 2023. It addresses the 11th century Indian philosopher Abhinavagupta's notions of selfhood, body, and cosmology. She is currently working on the interstices between religion, science and panentheism. You can read more about her research here.

Please reach out with any questions. We hope to see you there!

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