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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Generative AI, ChatGPT, etc.

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Use the resources in this guide to find information about generative AI and its intersection with education. If you are having trouble finding information related to a specific aspect of AI, you can ask a chat librarian or contact Angela Davis, the author of this library guide directly (

What is artificial intelligence (AI)?

Artificial Intelligence (AI):

  • involves using computers to do things that usually require human intelligence

Video Summary: Quick video (less than 2 minutes) that is a basic overview of AI.

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What is generative AI?

Generative AI:

  • a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that can generate new content (images, text, videos, art, etc.) using natural human language

Video Summary: Covers a lot of information in about 18 minutes, but it explains things along with drawings in a way that most everyone can understand.

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What is ChatGPT?


  • a generative AI tool developed by OpenAI, that is designed to generate human-like responses based on prompts and questions
  • it can generate answers to questions, summarize concepts, create poems, write computer code, draft essays or emails, simulate a text-based conversation, etc.

GPT stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer:

  • Generative: means it is capable of generating new content (text, images, etc.)
  • Pre-trained: means it is trained using massive amounts of text and datasets found on the Internet
  • Transformer: refers to the transformer architecture it's built on, which has been proven effective for natural language processing

Video Summary: CNBC documentary (approx. 13 minutes) that covers chatting with ChatGPT, understanding what it is, poses use cases and limitations, and talks about future implications.

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