Generative Concordances: The Language of Artificial Intelligence Explained

May 8, 2023

In this talk Rafael Alvarado, associate professor of data science at the University of Virginia, demystifies the large language models underlying artificial intelligence. Alvarado charts the path of language models from early theoretical and philosophical concepts to the technical innovations that allowed for tools like Chat GPT, Bard, DALL-E, and others. He also explains the conception of language and knowledge entailed by large language models, and explores how this relates to these same processes within human intelligence.

Key topics of this talk include:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Distributional Hypothesis
  • General Intelligence
  • Generative Concordances
  • Large Language Models
  • Linguistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Neural Networks
  • Philosophy of Language