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June 13, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT
OpenAI’s launch of ChatGPT to the public in November 2022 sparked a worldwide conversation on AI that has affected nearly every aspect of daily life. The developments in AI/ML are happening so rapidly that the general public has difficulty keeping up with each new progression and what it really means. Meanwhile, the leaders in tech (like Sam Altman at OpenAI, Elon Musk, and Sam Wozniak at Apple) have called for a pause in its development in order for the legal structure and regulations to catch up to the technology. But would something as simple as a six month moratorium be enough?
There seem to be a host of issues that not even a six month pause would help us fix or understand. For example, we have Congressman asking basic questions about how the internet works; developments in AI models that creators couldn’t predict; hallucinations in responses; and more. It’s been integrated into Social Media as well, with Snapchat announcing a “My AI” chat bot powered by chatGPT in February, raising questions around how children and minors interact with this technology.
Obviously we cannot cover all of the important ground in such a short forum, but we hope this provides a starting point for framing this technology and thinking about its negative and positive repercussions now and in the future.
- Larry Ryckman, Colorado Sun. Larry is Editor and co-founder of The Colorado Sun. Previously he was senior editor at The Denver Post, managing editor at The Gazette in Colorado Springs and city editor at the Greeley Tribune. Ryckman spent 22 years at The Associated Press, where he was assistant managing editor, a national editor and supervisor of the AP’s national desk in New York. He spent nearly four years as a Moscow correspondent for AP and helped cover the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of a new Russia. He also supervised AP’s coverage of the Columbine High School massacre and directed AP’s coverage of the presidential election recount in Florida in 2000.
- Jim Clarke, Managing Director – Local Markets @ AP. Jim is an executive at the Associated Press and managing director of local markets. He started with the AP in 1995 as a reporter covering breaking news in Alaska. He’s a former bureau chief and has extensive experience across all aspects of news production, sales, and marketing. He also has two lovely daughters, both of whom turned out much smarter than him.
- Jonathan Garini, Chief Prompt Officer @ Stealth. Jonathan is a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur. He currently is the chief prompt officer at Stealth, a large language model/generative AI company. Previously, he was executive chairman of Xooa, an enterprise blockchain development platform in Denver. Jonathan has been an active member of many technology forums. His first successful ventures having been in telecommunications. He regularly mentors entrepreneurs and organizations. Jonathan enjoys flying, mountaineering, and skiing.
- Ben Radford. Ben Radford currently leads AI research and development for a Denver-based software company with a focus on applied computer vision and natural language processing. Previously, he worked at Twitter on their data and ML platform. In government, Ben worked on the Department of Defense’s flagship AI/ML initiative and served as a Marine intelligence officer. He lives in the Highlands and enjoys drinking gin and tonics by the fireplace and billiards in the basement (when guests are allowed to appear at the DPC).