Generative AI (ChatGPT, Google Bard etc) - reading tips

On this page, we have collected and curated some links which may help you in building your understanding of generative AI, its capabilities and how you might approach adapting your educational practice.

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Here we include links to resources and themes which have been discussed at the Unit for Teaching and Learning (UoL) on ChatGPT, Google Bard and other generative AI services which have not yet been covered in other pages. With each page we provide a quick overview of the content.

We hope you find them useful, and would love to get your tips on the subject!


On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots: Can Language Models Be Too Big? 🦜 An article on the ethical aspects of generative AI services which has caused a lot of debate. As well as giving a good primer on the subject, it also delves into bias, representation, discrimination and the carbon footprint of this class of service.

Introducing Microsoft 365 Copilot – your copilot for work. This is a simple product presentation from Microsoft, but it shows something which is likely to become the norm within the Office suite in the future.

ChatGPT Is a Blurry JPEG of the Web. This is one of many articles which tries to explain the inner workings of ChatGPT. The analogy here is probably slightly better than the other standard 'it's fancy predictive text' (although that is also true).

ChatGPT and the AI ActA discussion about the coming EU AI Act and whether it can be applied to Generative AI services.

UCL Staff Briefing: AI, Education and Assessment. University College London's staff briefing on the technology from February this year.


PAPERs podcast: Ex machina: The disruption of HPE with AI

Radical AI - ChatGPT Limitations. Here the authors interview Emily Bender and Casey Fiesley on the ethical aspects of ChatGPT, bias, discrimination, and the problems of conflating generative chatbots with search

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