The Taub Faculty of Computer Science Events and Talks
Adam Kalai (Microsoft Research New England)
Thursday, 20.04.2023, 13:00
Abstract: Recently, large language models have been trained on intelligent languages including natural languages, such as English, and programming languages, such as Python. We will examine several interesting applications of these models. First, they can be used to enumerate human stereotypes and discriminatory biases, suggesting that they must be used carefully. Second, they can be used to generate and solve their own programming puzzles, which can be used in a self-training pipeline to solve increasingly challenging algorithmic programming problems. Third, we illustrate how they can be used to simulate numerous human participants in classic behavioral economic and psychology experiments, such as the ultimatum game, risk aversion, garden path sentences, and the Milgram shock experiment. Finally, we discuss future directions in using these language models to understand intelligent animal communication in connection with Project CETI, which aims to understand the communication of sperm whales.
Bio: Adam Tauman Kalai is a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England. His research includes work on artificial intelligence and algorithms, with a focus on code generation and the responsible use of Language Models. He received his BA from Harvard and PhD from at Carnegie Mellon University. He has served as an Assistant Professor at TTI-C and Georgia Tech. He is a member of the science team of Project CETI, an interdisciplinary initiative to understand the communication of sperm whales. He has co-chaired AI and crowdsourcing conferences including the COLT (the Conference on Learning Theory), the HCOMP (the Conference on Human Computation) and NEML. His honors include the Majulook prize, multiple best paper awards, an NSF CAREER award, and an Alfred P. Sloan fellowship.