AI Salons at the BMO Lab: Demonstration & Conversation for the Perplexed
When and Where
On Fridays March 31st and April 14th from 5 to 7 pm, the BMO Lab will begin a proudly informal and irregular salon series, opening our doors and showing off our work as a site for conversation about the significance of recent developments in the world of artificial intelligence. These first salons will discuss the much-reported recent language and image models, explaining how they work, demonstrating the Lab’s custom versions of them, and hosting a free-flowing conversation about what they do and do not mean. These tools are historically unusual and serious in their implications. Unfortunately, they have also summoned a vast array of vapid commentary in journalistic media. We intend to lay the matter out with honesty and precision.
On Friday, March 31 (5-7pm), we will discuss ChatGPT, Bing’s chat-search feature, and large language models (LLMs) generally, considering their meaning for the arts, academia, and the wider domain of writing production.
On Friday, April 14 (5-7pm), we will discuss text-to-image generation models like StableDiffusion and MidJourney, complete with a demonstration of the Lab’s own live speech-to-image production system.
Refreshments will be served. RSVPs requested.