ChatGPT: What executives really need to know

Thursday, February 16, 2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)
ChatGPT: What executives really need to know

Since the release of Open AI’s ChatGPT, the popular press has been buzzing with wild speculation about the nature and extent of the disruptions that generative AI will have on business, government, and society.

In this free webinar, University of Waterloo AI subject matter expert, Jimmy Lin, will separate myth from reality and highlight the plausible impacts that ChatGPT and other generative AI technologies will have on Canadian businesses and industries. Lin will also offer early indicators on how these technologies may evolve and emphasize the implications for business models, work processes, and talent management.

What you'll learn

  • Understand how ChatGPT works.
  • Explore ChatGPT's most promising application areas.
  • Discover the disruptive potential of ChatGPT and other generative AI tools to your organization.
  • Gain insight into ChatGPT appears to be headed, and identify what you can do to prepare.

Meet your speakers

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Jimmy Lin | Presenter

Jimmy Lin is the David R. Cheriton Chair in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. His research aims to build tools that help users make sense of large amounts of data, and he was recently named a 2022 ACM Fellow for his contributions to question answering, information retrieval, and natural language processing. 

Lin is one of the most cited artificial intelligence scholars in the world and is deeply engaged with both the private and public sectors. He spent an extended sabbatical at Twitter and holds visiting positions at the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) as part of the National Institutes for Health (NIH). He presently serves as Chief Technology Officer of Primal, a Waterloo-based synthetic semantic data company focused on creating meaning that computers can understand. Lin also holds a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

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Joël Blit | Moderator

Joël Blit is a professor of economics and chair of the Council on Innovation Policy at the University of Waterloo, and senior fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). His main research interests are in the economics of innovation and innovation policy. He studies the role that multi-location firms play in promoting the flow of knowledge across geographical space, the effect that intellectual property rights (patents) have on innovation, and whether skilled immigration can be leveraged to foster innovation.

Blit has been a business consultant to financial services firms in Asia, Australia, and North America. His consulting engagements included reorganizing the activities of a major bank and formulating the strategy for a $US 100M startup. He also regularly advises policymakers on innovation policy. As part of an expert roundtable, he advised the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Canada’s optimal position on intellectual property for USMCA trade negotiations. On the topic of automation and the future of work, he has briefed the G7 Representatives and has been an invited speaker at several venues, including the OECD Global Forum on Productivity.