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Should We Be Afraid of AI?

With the release of ChatGPT last November, it became clear to Mathieu Poulin that there was going to be a major paradigm shift regarding how people interact with computers. Since then, Mathieu has been following AI developments, as well as helping others get started with AI.

The upcoming Lewiston Auburn Senior College Food for Thought will provide us with some insight. Attendees can expect an overview of artificial intelligence, starting with a brief history of AI and its growing importance in today’s world. We will learn something about the kinds of AI and their development. Practical uses of AI in industries such as healthcare, finance, manufacturing, and transportation will be explored, along with AI safety and alignment. The talk will address the ethical problems associated with AI implementations, covering topics like bias, privacy, job displacement, and autonomous weapons. Mathieu will discuss the future of AI and its potential impact on society, followed by a conclusion that emphasizes responsible AI development and usage. Come with questions!

Mathieu Poulin is a new non-traditional student at USM who has been studying artificial intelligence full-time for the past seven months. His long- time love of language led him to get a certification in Natural Language Processing (getting computers to understand human language), and thus piqued his interest in the field. Mathieu went on to discover Copilot, an AI autocomplete engine for code and was soon writing code twice as fast as he previously could! He went on to research the company responsible for Copilot’s base model, OpenAI.


Friday April 28, 1:00 p.m.

USM-LAC, 51 Westminster St., Room 108

To attend please send an email to by noon on April 27. Be sure to mention the name of the program and whether or not you will be using Zoom.

No food will be served, but you are welcome to bring your lunch or visit the LA Café.

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