AI experts help BU students explore new frontiers

AI experts help BU students explore new frontiers
(From Left) Chief Growth Officer of the Times Group Rudra Kasturi, Microsoft's AI specialist Anil Arora, Principal Product Manager with Microsoft Avishek Mazumdar, Computer Science and Engineering School Dean Abhay Bansal and TSOM Dean Sanjeev Ratna Singh after being facilitated by TSOM students (extreme left). Photo by Aryamaan Jit Singh Bawa .
By Aryamaan Jit Singh Bawa

The Times School of Media and the School of Computer Science Engineering and Technology held a joint interactive session to discuss the importance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in today’s media landscape and the ethics that go along with it.

Chief Growth Officer of the Times Group Rudra Kasturi, Principal Product Manager of Microsoft Avishek Mazumdar and Microsoft's AI specialist Anil Arora - all experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence - helmed the interesting talk.

The event, titled, “Exploring the AI Frontier” was kicked off by the TSOM Dean Sanjeev Ratna Singh, with Vice-Chancellor Prabhu Kumar Aggarwal giving the inaugural speech in which he announced Bennett University's collaboration with Microsoft to set up an Artificial Intelligence Centre for Excellence.

Dean of Engineering Abhay Bansal talked of the Chancellor, Mr Vineet Jain's, vision for the university in which the students would get the best of the best of an evolving professional world, he said. In this context, he pointed out that Bennett University will be the first private university in India to have an Artificial Intelligence Centre, besides being the proud owner of a supercomputer.

This neatly tied in with the core message that Bennett University has always exhorted its students: “We Will Prepare India to Move with the Times.”

“What I as an individual thought was that AI is here, that is a fact. So I must think about building something new in the labs to train myself and my employees in the direction of the future,” Kasturi told students as he navigated through his experience in adapting to AI.

“We must ensure that media students such as yourself know everything about AI as it is the future,” he said while concluding his lecture and why he thinks students of Bennett University require crucial knowledge about the everyday growth of the AI industry.

Mazumdar then took the stage and prompted a discussion on the Internet’s growth from a singular and more limited search option, to a broader and more diverse chat search option, introduced by Bing. “Be a dreamer, don't worry about AI destroying your future, but focus on how it may build on it,” he said in response to some students raising concerns of job security.

He discussed the key differences in language learning engines like ChatGPT and Bing Chat and showcased how Bing reigns superior in terms of credibility, accessibility and user interface. "We strive to be factually accurate as Bing chat provides citations for every fact it provides, the better you are with your prompts, the better the output Bing Chat or any AI will produce,” he said.

Arora was the final speaker and he focused on the actual functioning and creation of AI models in the industry. He delved deep into what makes the generative models for text and imaging tick and how one can possibly learns the ins and outs for an edge in today’s market.

“While GPT 4 is a massive leap in modern AI technology, it may still hallucinate from time to time. So an art like prompt engineering is very important,” he said, emphasising the importance of both the skill of asking the right questions and for the right job.

The talk was followed by a short Q &A session wherein students clarified their doubts on AI solutions and their implications for jobs and in Education.

The event ended with the guests gathering with the students for a group photo.

(The writer is a Semester III student of BA (Journalism and Mass Communication) programme.)

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