CPH Webinar Wednesdays - Prometheus Unbound: The Potential and Risks of Large Language Models in Public Health

Technology > AI (Artificial Intelligence)1/10/2024 8:00 PM

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Presented by Chris Von Csefalvay

Large language models (LLMs) like GPT have captured the public's attention, raising both overinflated expectations of generalized artificial intelligence (AGI) and fears of a takeover of the machines. Yet, in the right hands, LLMs can be powerful tools of improving public health surveillance, detecting early signals of pathogenic outbreaks from noisy social media and support data-driven decision-making at a hitherto unprecedented scale. This presentation will briefly introduce what LLMs are (and, more importantly, what they aren't), followed by a discussion of possible applications in public health as well as their risks, concluding with an equity-centered perspective on creating safe and unbiased AI/ML tools. Public health experts will undoubtedly find themselves as consumers of, and sometimes interactors with, such models, making it all the more crucial to build a fact-based understanding of this new tool and discuss how its risks are best mitigated.


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