February 7, 2024 Newsletter

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“Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.” — Stephen Hawking Upcoming Events AILA’s Spring Learning & Discussion Series AI and Creativity: What Matters for Human Writers | A Conversation with Naomi S. BaronTuesday, Feb. 20th…

AILA Spring Learning & Discussion Series: AI and Creativity | February 20th, 2024 @ 4p; Zoom event

AI and Creativity: What Matters for Human Writers Tuesday, February 20th, 2024 4p, via Zoom | Register here! As part of AILA’s Spring Learning & Discussion Series, in partnership with the Writing Center we bring you AI and Creativity: What Matters for Human Writers | A Conversation with Naomi S. Baron  For writers, as well as teachers and students…

“Hacking” Sustainability Issues at Amherst with AI

Written by: Sebastien, Tina, Dhyey, Selena and Taichi In December 2023, our team placed 1st at Amherst College’s inaugural Hack The Herd sustainability hackathon. Our project (Gaia) was born from a desire to improve discussions around campus sustainability projects and improve communication between the various stakeholders involved in such decisions. We initially spoke with Wes…

December 20th Newsletter

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“It came without ribbons, it came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags.” – The Grinch (Dr. Seuss) Seasons Greetings from AILA! Wishing everyone a very happy holiday and a restful winter break! The AILA Team is busy wrapping up our Fall semester. With a variety of tech demos, co-organized events, and our…

AILA Tools Team Demo- SCISPACE (Wednesday 11/29 @ 10a-11a, Science Center Atrium)

The AILA Tools and Mentorship Team strives to be a resource for the Amherst community around cutting-edge AI tools. On Wednesday 11/29 from 10a-11a the Team will be tabling in the Science Center Atrium to demo SCISPACE a dynamic AI tool that can help with paraphrasing, citation creation and other tasks associated with academic research….

November 28th Newsletter

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“Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.” — Stephen Hawking Upcoming Events AILA Tools Team Demos SCISPACE; 11/29 @ 10a in Science Center Atrium The Mentorship and Tools team will be popping-up to demo SCISPACE,…

November 14th Newsletter

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“Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.” — Stephen Hawking Upcoming Events AILA Tools Team Demos SCISPACE; 11/28 @ 5p in Frost Library Cafe The Mentorship and Tools team will be popping-up to demo Scispace,…

ChatGPT, One Year Later (Dec. 6, 4:30p @ CHI ThinkTank)

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Just one year ago, OpenAI released an early demo of a revolutionary new AI tool known as ChatGPT. From its application to customer service, healthcare, entertainment, and education, in the last year ChatGPT seems to have permeated what feels like every possible pore of society. Its popularity raises a number of questions about what the…

Hack the Herd 2023: Amherst’s First “Social Hackathon” (December 1st-2nd, 2023)

Do you want to make Amherst a better place? Do you have an interest in sustainability and AI technology? Want to win a $25 Amazon gift card? Then sign up for the first ever Amherst College social hackathon. Best described as an “invention marathon”, a hackathon is an intensely collaborative event where individuals or teams…