2024 SYMPOSIUM

Artificial Intelligence: Navigating Our Future

Stevenson School welcomes experts in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) to our Pebble Beach campus.
Hosted by the 2024 Symposium Committee

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Schedule Overview

  • 8:45 a.m. Advisory
  • 9:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m. Keynote Address: Brett Goldstein, Director of the Defense Digital Service
  • 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
    • Session 1 (Designing your Future with AI with Ayori Selassie from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)
      • Lunch – 12:30 p.m.-1:10 p.m.
    • Session 2 (Designing your Future with AI with Ayori Selassie from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.)
      • Lunch – 11:50-12:30
  • 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Closing Experience: Sohan Choudhury, co-founder and CEO of Flint AI

Session 1 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Students are required to attend the Selassie session at 10:00 a.m.
Students may choose from the workshops listed from Session 1 listed below.

Designing your Future with AI with Ayori Selassie – 10:00a.m. – 11:30a.m.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the world we live in and impacting our daily lives in countless ways. From the feeds we school, to AI assistants and predictive analytics, AI has never been more integrated into our everyday life. This 90-minute workshop is designed for people with no prior experience or technical knowledge of AI or technology (AI Newbies) who want to learn how to harness the power of AI to enhance their daily lives and design an empowered future.

In this workshop, students will learn the basics of AI and explore its many applications in everyday life. The workshop will cover the benefits and challenges of using AI to simplify tasks, make plans, improve communication, and increase productivity. Students will also learn about the potential impact of AI on personal privacy and discuss strategies for using AI responsibly.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on exercises and explore AI-powered tools and resources relevant to their own lives. By the end of the workshop, students will have a better understanding of AI and how it can be used to improve their daily lives. 

Please note that every student will attend this workshop.

Students may choose from the workshops listed from Session 1 listed below.

Session 1 | Workshop 1 – 11:40a.m. – 12:30p.m.

2024 is the year of elections. With more than 70 countries going to the polls (US, EU, UK, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, Mexico etc) with half of adults voting globally, fair and free elections are essential. Yet AI poses both a challenge and opportunity to digital policy making – a challenge with deep fakes and spread of disinformation and misinformation with an opportunity to solve some of the worlds greatest challenges such as climate change. This workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities AI poses to digital policy making.

Join us for an exploration into the world of AI jobs. In this talk, we’ll delve into the current reality of career opportunities in the AI revolution—because, obviously, robots aren’t quietly planning to take over all aspects of our lives.   Learn how your skills can find meaningful applications in a world increasingly shaped by AI technologies. Let’s uncover the potential and possibilities as we embrace the evolving job market influenced by the rise of artificial intelligence.

ChatGPT and more generally Generative AI and Large Language Models are massive technological and cultural phenomenas. Lately it seems like every established company is launching some sort of AI copilot and half the new startups are “____ with AI.” But what are the greater implications of this new trend? Will it massively disrupt society, tearing at the already tattered threads of democracy and precipitate some sort of SkyNet-esque dystopian future? Probably not, but I’m no expert. What I can speak to are some of the fun exciting ways in which companies are leveraging LLMs and generative AI to build cool products and solve difficult problems and what it’s like being the founding engineer at one such company! This workshop will be accessible to everyone but will probably be especially interesting to folks interested in programming and tech-startups.

Artificial Intelligence, the game-changing technology of our time, is taking over various domains. Yet, its main enabling technology, Machine Learning, has limitations that prevent it from conquering everything. Join me on a journey into the fundamentals of this incredible power. No technical jargon, just practical wisdom on when and how to exploit this wonder.  Let’s explore real-life and even futuristic examples that will blow your mind!

We are at the dawn of a new era of technology – this being the era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the value created in society as a result. One of the largest dependencies to enabling this new era is the data center and networking infrastructure for the machine learning AI requires. This session will provide foundational knowledge of cloud computing and present the unique requirements AI places on data center and network infrastructure.

When someone thinks of “AI”, they typically think about ChatGPT or similar transformer models. These models and techniques rely on machine learning techniques in which vast amounts of data are used to train models. However, there are many AI approaches which do not rely on machine learning or neural networks at all. Within the mobile robotics industry, the most popular localization and planning techniques are “classical” approaches requiring no data sets or expensive model training. This talk will review classical artificial intelligence approaches within the field of mobile robotics, focusing specifically on techniques relating to localization (where is my robot?) and planning (how do I get my robot over there?).

This workshop will introduce students to the importance of clear communication in today’s information-rich world and provide a definition of plain language and its history. We will discuss the evolution of AI and natural language processing (NLP), the current landscape of AI in writing and content creation, and give an overview of the AI technologies powering plain language writing (e.g., GPT-3). We will consider ethical implications and the human element in AI writing, using cases from the business world, government agencies, education platforms, and health organizations. Students will learn the benefits of clarity in information dissemination, how AI can assist in bridging the gap between expert knowledge and public understanding, and about the role of AI in enhancing accessibility and inclusivity in communication.

ChatGPT is an incredible tool, but for the company behind it — OpenAI — ChatGPT is a calculated step to prepare us for a societal shift that will make the Industrial Revolution pale in comparison. The stated aim of OpenAI (and hundreds of AI companies and brilliant researchers — the Einsteins of the 21st century) is to build artificial general intelligence.

But when we get there, what happens to work as we know it? Will AI do everything for us, leaving us with infinite resources and free time? In this session, you’ll get to share your perspective and predictions on the future of AI.

Session 1 | Workshop 2 – 1:10p.m. – 2:00p.m.

This workshop will present an interactive walkthrough of key milestones in the field of artificial intelligence over the decades and a few of the key themes that will play a central role in the field of AI over the next 5-10 years.

While we are amazed by ChatGPT’s ability to write poems and take AP tests, it can not help us with cooking our meals or cleaning our rooms. The next challenge for AI is for it to be applied to the physical world where we live. Robotics is the manifestation of AI in the physical world. In this workshop, we will learn the various (and broad) applications of robotics and how to make robots “smart” so that they can react intelligently with the environment and perform useful tasks. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of the challenges AI faces when it meets the physical world. Students will meet a tiny robot called Hamster that can sing, clean its room, and can escape complex mazes.

Prompt engineering is the practice of designing inputs for generative AI tools that will produce optimal outputs. In this workshop, we will explore the fundamentals of prompt engineering and why it is essential for improving the usability and interpretability of AI systems. Please note that Mr. Huh is speaking on his own behalf, and not on behalf of Alphabet or Google.

This workshop will introduce students to the importance of clear communication in today’s information-rich world and provide a definition of plain language and its history. We will discuss the evolution of AI and natural language processing (NLP), the current landscape of AI in writing and content creation, and give an overview of the AI technologies powering plain language writing (e.g., GPT-3). We will consider ethical implications and the human element in AI writing, using cases from the business world, government agencies, education platforms, and health organizations. Students will learn the benefits of clarity in information dissemination, how AI can assist in bridging the gap between expert knowledge and public understanding, and about the role of AI in enhancing accessibility and inclusivity in communication.

This talk will present the quick concept of AI and its applications to students. Students will learn about the presenter’s project developing to improve weather prediction and understanding earth sciences. The workshop will furthermore showcase examples of AI applications for robots in space, with a focus on the moon and Mars.

In this workshop, we’ll delve into two pivotal topics:

(1) The Evolution and Impact of AI in Customer Experience: Discover how AI has revolutionized the realm of Customer Experience, empowering businesses to listen to their customers, anticipate needs, and drive meaningful outcomes. Explore cutting-edge strategies and real-world examples showcasing the transformative power of AI.

(2) Jumpstarting a Career in Tech Sales: Uncover the exciting opportunities and pathways within the dynamic field of tech sales. Gain practical guidance on where to begin your journey, essential skills to cultivate, and valuable resources to leverage for success in this thriving industry.

ChatGPT is an incredible tool, but for the company behind it — OpenAI — ChatGPT is a calculated step to prepare us for a societal shift that will make the Industrial Revolution pale in comparison. The stated aim of OpenAI (and hundreds of AI companies and brilliant researchers — the Einsteins of the 21st century) is to build artificial general intelligence.

But when we get there, what happens to work as we know it? Will AI do everything for us, leaving us with infinite resources and free time? In this session, you’ll get to share your perspective and predictions on the future of AI.

Join this workshop to dive into chatbot creation using ChatGPT, where you’ll get hands-on experience in building your own AI chatbot. This workshop is all about unleashing your creativity and tech skills to craft a chatbot that echoes your personality. You’ll learn the ins and outs of AI and natural language processing, making your chatbot not just interactive but also a personal reflection of you. It’s the perfect blend of learning and fun, tailored for those who love to explore the cutting edge of technology.

These  sessions will be open to students who attend Selassie Session One from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Time Seminar Title
8:45 a.m. Advisory
9:00-9:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker – Brett Goldstein 
10:00-11:30 a.m. Selassie Session One
Speaker Sessions – Choose One
11:40-12:30 p.m. AI and global democracy – how the 2024 year of elections will impact digital policy making with Catherine Stihler
AI Jobs: Because Robots Are Definitely Not Taking Over, Right? with Jen Rice
Building a tech startup with ChatGPT with Aidan Donohue (<20)
AI Decoded: What You Need to Know to When to Use It with Luiz Gabriel Vasconcelos
Powering AI with ML Infrastructure with Jason Bates
AI in Robotic Planning and Navigation with Matt Condino (20-40)
AI in Plain Language Writing: Context | Use Cases | Rationale with Romina Marazzato Sparano
None of us are ready for AI, and that’s a good thing with Sohan Choudhury
12:30 -1:10 p.m. Lunch
Speaker Sessions – Choose One
1:10-2:00 p.m. The Past and Future of Artificial Intelligence with Rob Toews
Robot, The Next Frontier: When AI Meets The Physical World with David Zhu
Intro to Prompt Engineering with Wan Huh
AI in Plain Language Writing: Context | Use Cases | Rationale with Romina Marazzato Sparano
The Future of AI with Chuyen Nguyen
The evolution and Impact of AI in Customer Experience, and How To Jumpstart A Career in Tech Sales with Gianna Jackson (>20)
Building Chatbots with Personality: Your Digital Twin with Yaa Boakye
The PC Will See You Now: AI and Healthcare with Kyle Willis (>40)
None of us are ready for AI, and that’s a good thing with Sohan Choudhury
2:00-3:00 p.m Closing Experience

Session 2 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Students are required to attend the Selassie session at 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Students may choose from the workshops listed from Session 2 listed below.

Session 2 | Workshop 1 – 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 p.m.

This talk will present the quick concept of AI and its applications to students. Students will learn about the presenter’s project developing to improve weather prediction and understanding earth sciences. The workshop will furthermore showcase examples of AI applications for robots in space, with a focus on the moon and Mars.

2024 is the year of elections. With more than 70 countries going to the polls (US, EU, UK, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, Mexico etc) with half of adults voting globally, fair and free elections are essential. Yet AI poses both a challenge and opportunity to digital policy making – a challenge with deep fakes and spread of disinformation and misinformation with an opportunity to solve some of the worlds greatest challenges such as climate change. This workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities AI poses to digital policy making.

When someone thinks of “AI”, they typically think about ChatGPT or similar transformer models. These models and techniques rely on machine learning techniques in which vast amounts of data are used to train models. However, there are many AI approaches which do not rely on machine learning or neural networks at all. Within the mobile robotics industry, the most popular localization and planning techniques are “classical” approaches requiring no data sets or expensive model training. This talk will review classical artificial intelligence approaches within the field of mobile robotics, focusing specifically on techniques relating to localization (where is my robot?) and planning (how do I get my robot over there?).

We are at the dawn of a new era of technology – this being the era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the value created in society as a result. One of the largest dependencies to enabling this new era is the data center and networking infrastructure for the machine learning AI requires. This session will provide foundational knowledge of cloud computing and present the unique requirements AI places on data center and network infrastructure.

ChatGPT and more generally Generative AI and Large Language Models are massive technological and cultural phenomenas. Lately it seems like every established company is launching some sort of AI copilot and half the new startups are “____ with AI.” But what are the greater implications of this new trend? Will it massively disrupt society, tearing at the already tattered threads of democracy and precipitate some sort of SkyNet-esque dystopian future? Probably not, but I’m no expert. What I can speak to are some of the fun exciting ways in which companies are leveraging LLMs and generative AI to build cool products and solve difficult problems and what it’s like being the founding engineer at one such company! This workshop will be accessible to everyone but will probably be especially interesting to folks interested in programming and tech-startups.

Join us for an exploration into the world of AI jobs. In this talk, we’ll delve into the current reality of career opportunities in the AI revolution—because, obviously, robots aren’t quietly planning to take over all aspects of our lives.   Learn how your skills can find meaningful applications in a world increasingly shaped by AI technologies. Let’s uncover the potential and possibilities as we embrace the evolving job market influenced by the rise of artificial intelligence.

While we are amazed by ChatGPT’s ability to write poems and take AP tests, it can not help us with cooking our meals or cleaning our rooms. The next challenge for AI is for it to be applied to the physical world where we live. Robotics is the manifestation of AI in the physical world. In this workshop, we will learn the various (and broad) applications of robotics and how to make robots “smart” so that they can react intelligently with the environment and perform useful tasks. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of the challenges AI faces when it meets the physical world. Students will meet a tiny robot called Hamster that can sing, clean its room, and can escape complex mazes.

This workshop will introduce students to the importance of clear communication in today’s information-rich world and provide a definition of plain language and its history. We will discuss the evolution of AI and natural language processing (NLP), the current landscape of AI in writing and content creation, and give an overview of the AI technologies powering plain language writing (e.g., GPT-3). We will consider ethical implications and the human element in AI writing, using cases from the business world, government agencies, education platforms, and health organizations. Students will learn the benefits of clarity in information dissemination, how AI can assist in bridging the gap between expert knowledge and public understanding, and about the role of AI in enhancing accessibility and inclusivity in communication.

Session 2 | Workshop 2 – 11:00a.m. – 11:50a.m.

Come join a fun discussion covering a brief history of artificial intelligence, learn how it works, understand the key use cases, and engage in an open conversation with your thoughts, ideas, and questions as to how it can best help humanity as we move into the future.

This workshop will discuss the impact of AI on the business of music, examining recent trends and historical context.

Building on the insights from the keynote, the workshop will provide an interactive forum for students eager to delve deeper into artificial intelligence examples and discuss the underlying techniques. It aims to facilitate a comprehensive technical discussion, yet will remain accessible to all students as they familiarize themselves with these technologies.

From Tic Tac Toe to Sudoku, games and puzzles are considered unique activities that challenge human intellect, but “teaching” a computer how to play games or solve puzzles allows coders to gain a deeper understanding of what AI is and learn how to create AI. Games and puzzles have played a critical role in the development of AI. In this workshop, we will use concrete examples to illustrate how to create AI programs that can play games against humans and solve challenging puzzles. In doing so, students will be exposed to a new way of thinking behind creating AI known as Computational Thinking.

This talk will present the quick concept of AI and its applications to students. Students will learn about the presenter’s project developing to improve weather prediction and understanding earth sciences. The workshop will furthermore showcase examples of AI applications for robots in space, with a focus on the moon and Mars.

Prompt engineering is the practice of designing inputs for generative AI tools that will produce optimal outputs. In this workshop, we will explore the fundamentals of prompt engineering and why it is essential for improving the usability and interpretability of AI systems. Please note that Mr. Huh is speaking on his own behalf, and not on behalf of Alphabet or Google.

Join this workshop to dive into chatbot creation using ChatGPT, where you’ll get hands-on experience in building your own AI chatbot. This workshop is all about unleashing your creativity and tech skills to craft a chatbot that echoes your personality. You’ll learn the ins and outs of AI and natural language processing, making your chatbot not just interactive but also a personal reflection of you. It’s the perfect blend of learning and fun, tailored for those who love to explore the cutting edge of technology.

We will explore the advancements of AI and its implications for healthcare delivery.

Designing your Future with AI with Ayori Selassie – 12:30p.m. – 2:00p.m.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the world we live in and impacting our daily lives in countless ways. From the feeds we school, to AI assistants and predictive analytics, AI has never been more integrated into our everyday life. This 90-minute workshop is designed for people with no prior experience or technical knowledge of AI or technology (AI Newbies) who want to learn how to harness the power of AI to enhance their daily lives and design an empowered future.

In this workshop, students will learn the basics of AI and explore its many applications in everyday life. The workshop will cover the benefits and challenges of using AI to simplify tasks, make plans, improve communication, and increase productivity. Students will also learn about the potential impact of AI on personal privacy and discuss strategies for using AI responsibly.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on exercises and explore AI-powered tools and resources relevant to their own lives. By the end of the workshop, students will have a better understanding of AI and how it can be used to improve their daily lives. 

Please note that every student will attend this workshop.

Time Seminar Title
8:45 a.m. Advisory
9:00-9:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker – Brett Goldstein 
Speaker Sessions – Choose One
10:00-10:50 a.m. The Future of AI with Chuyen Nguyen
AI and global democracy – how the 2024 year of elections will impact digital policy making with Catherine Stihler
AI in Robotic Planning and Navigation with Matt Condino (20-40)
Powering AI with ML Infrastructure with Jason Bates
Building a tech startup with ChatGPT with Aidan Donohue (<20)
AI Jobs: Because Robots Are Definitely Not Taking Over, Right? With Jen Rice
Robot, The Next Frontier: When AI Meets The Physical World with David Zhu
AI in Plain Language Writing: Context | Use Cases | Rationale with Romina Marazzato Sparano
11:00-11:50 a.m. The Future of AI with Chuyen Nguyen
Light and Shadows: The Beauty and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence with Brett Goldstein
Learning AI With Games & Puzzles with David Zhu
AI in the 21st century: Looking back and Looking forward with Dan Cath
Intro to Prompt Engineering with Wan Huh
The Future of Music in the Age of AI with David Rosenberg (<20)
Building Chatbots with Personality: Your Digital Twin with Yaa Boakye
The PC Will See You Now: AI and Healthcare with Kyle Willis (>40)
11:50-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-2:00 p.m. Selassie Session 2
2:00-3:00 p.m Closing Experience