This guide will serve as an evolving repository of definitions, uses, and resources related to the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and large language models (LLM) in the classroom and in research. As the information landscape around these tools develops, this guide will likewise remain updated.
Artificial intelligence (AI), in the context of this guide, is the use of datasets to train computer models to emulate human thought processes (IBM, n.d.). It is the emulation itself that may convince information consumers of the supposed "intelligence" of a machine; the more convincing the emulation, the more users are prone to trust the generated information.
Large language models (LLMs) are AI models that utilize networked datasets, emulating the neural pathways of the human brain, which assists in the appearance of actual cognition (Birhane et al., 2023).
Birhane, A., Kasirzadeh, A., Leslie, D., & Wachter, S. (2023). Science in the age of large language models. Nature Reviews Physics. https://www.nature.com/articles/s42254-023-00581-4
IBM. (n.d.). What is artificial intelligence (AI)? https://www.ibm.com/topics/artificial-intelligence Retrieved 27 April 2023.
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