Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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This site provides resources and guidelines for members of the Tufts community interested in leveraging generative AI for research and teaching as well as administrative support. It explains what generative AI is, where to find training and support, recommended tools, policies and guidelines for software acquisition, and generative AI projects and activities happening at Tufts.

 

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megaphone yellowWhat's New?  | Generative AI is a rapidly evolving technology, here are some guidelines on the use and procurement of generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools—such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft's Copilot —that can generate content in response to prompts.

What is Generative AI?

AI, which stands for artificial intelligence, is a broad term encompassing a wide range of technologies including everything from Google’s autocomplete to an ATM to the AI chess champion Deep Blue. The AI most talked-about these days is called generative AI.

Generative AI can create many different kinds of content, including text, images, code, and others, so it has a lot of applications in the workplace, in education, and in many other fields.

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Support 

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Teaching & Learning

Educational Technology Services (ETS) offers support for faculty using generative AI via online guides for teaching with AI and workshops, trainings, and drop-ins for faculty about generative AI and other tools. Additional information can be found on Tufts Center for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching (CELT) AI Resources for Faculty and Staff.

Research

Research Technology supports the use of generative AI for research at Tufts for data processing, transcription, literature reviews, translation, and other applications. Staff offer consultations to students and faculty for bioinformatics, data science, and the digital humanities. Learn more.

General Support

For general technical assistance with generative AI, please contact the TTS Service Desk by emailing it@tufts.edu or calling 617-627-3376.

Highlights at Tufts

ChatGPT phoneThe Chatbot in the Classroom | TuftsNow | March 2024

"They ‘hallucinate,’ or make stuff up, quite a bit. They don’t ‘know’ things so much as they’re good at sounding like someone who does.”

Those are just some of the drawbacks of having a conversation with a large language model such as ChatGPT, said Gregory Marton, who teaches a course at the ExCollege called Who Wrote This? ChatGPT, LLMs, and the Future of Learning. Yet Marton is optimistic about the ways such AI models, even with their flaws, can be used in higher education. Faculty test out when AI can make learning more effective, and when it gets in the way. Learn more.

AI PrimerA Quick Primer on AI | TTS Security Blog | February 2024

It seems like everything comes with a fancy “AI” feature these days. Gary Weingarden, Privacy Office and Director of IT Security, get lots of questions! This post will explain some of the basics; later we’ll explore some of the risks, challenges, and really cool features of AI and related systems.

AI has been around for a long time, and ChatGPT and other Generative AI are only the most recent, trendy example. A popular definition of AI is: a computer system “that can perform tasks typically requiring human intelligence, such as problem-solving, decision-making, language understanding, and perception.” There are more elaborate definitions, and definitions that are more technical (see discussion of Russell and Norvig), but AI is a broad category that, depending on the definition can include everything from the Antikythera mechanism, to an ATM, to Google’s autocomplete, to Deep Blue (which defeated the chess world champion, Garry Kasparov back in 1997). Frankly, the concept AI is often unhelpful because how much it covers. Learn more.

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