Navigating Generative AI Capabilities and Tools in a World That’s Captivated by Artificial Intelligence June 3, 2024 at 10:30 am

In November 2022, OpenAI publicly released its generative AI chatbot ChatGPT, followed quickly by Google’s Bard (renamed Gemini) and several others. These groundbreaking chatbots used natural language to engage in text-based human-like dialogue across a wide range of topics and tasks.

Fast forward 18 months: ChatGPT and Gemini regularly add new capabilities; other companies leverage ChatGPT’s “engine” to create specialized tools, custom GPTs, and plug-ins; and well-established apps are adding AI features.

How do we make informed technology decisions in a rapidly-changing world where seemingly everything short of frozen lasagna proclaims it is now “AI-powered!”?

Using examples and demos relevant to education and accessibility, Assistive Technology Consultant Shelley Haven will help participants sort through the ever-growing maze of AI terminology, capabilities, claims, and factors to consider.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the difference between discriminative AI (in use for decades) and generative AI (the recent stuff) and why this matters
2. List at least three factors that might impact one’s choice of generative AI tools for different tasks
3. Name three different new genAI capabilities (beyond text-based chatbot) and give an example of how each might be applied to help with specific tasks


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