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Person Behind the Curtain, or Ghost in the Machine? Exploring the Foundations of AI with Python

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Foundations of AI with Python

Twitter bots. Novel-writing algorithms. Essays, poems, even books written by artificial intelligence (AI). We are awash in words unwritten by human hands and brains. For some, it portends a bold future; for others, it heralds the robot apocalypse. Or maybe it's just a scam. But what's really under the hood?

In this workshop, we'll explore one of the foundations of current developments in AI: the statistical representation of text. But we'll do it in a fun, hands-on way, without wading deeply into theory. The aim of this workshop is to demystify AI models of natural language, and to provide a conceptual model for further exploration.

This workshop is part of the Program with Python series for for anyone who wants to get started or learn more about using the programming language Python. These tools can help you to collect, manipulate, clean, analyze, and visualize research data or automate many repetitive tasks. If you need personalized assistance with a data analysis, programming, or coding project, consider booking a consultation with one of our librarian-experts. Learn more about our services for programming and coding and for working with data.

All sessions are free to GW students, faculty, staff, and alumni. GW has an institutional commitment to ensuring that all of our programs and events are accessible for all individuals. If you require any accommodations to participate in this event, please contact at least 72 business hours (3 business days) prior to the event.

In-person attendance of this workshop is open to anyone whose GWorld allows them to tap into Gelman Library. If you do not have access to Gelman, please attend online.