AI Lunch and Learn – Wednesday, March 13th 2024


Just a few weeks ago, CEO Doug Westervelt had the opportunity to present his insights on all things artificial intelligence, from its basic to its drawbacks, and even its best use cases. We’re incredibly humbled by the amazing turnout, and we hope that Doug’s presentation was as enjoyable as it was insightful. In this blog post, we are going to showcase and talk about two of the main artificial intelligence programs that Doug shared during our Lunch and Learn. 

What is a GPT?

Before we can even begin to discuss about artificial intelligence, we need to explain the importance of what a GPT is. GPT stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer, and it is a type of artificial intelligence model that utilizes what’s known as a ‘transformer architecture’ for processing specific tasks. For those unfamiliar with the term, a transformer architecture is a type of deep learning model specially designed for handling sequential data, such as text. Using this architecture, a GPT model can then generate human-like text based on the input it receives, having been trained on specific datasets—whether sourced from the web or from storage devices. This allows developers to create advanced applications that can perform tasks such as language translation, text summarization, question answering, creative writing, and so much more. 

What is ChatGPT?

Released on November 30, 2022, ChatGPT is an application created by OpenAI that takes the Generative Pre-trained Transformer model and tailors it for conversational interactions. In essence, ChatGPT is akin to that of a friendly and intelligent chatbot. ChatGPT can engage in discussions, provide information, or even simply chat for entertainment. Its ability to understand and generate human-like responses makes it a versatile tool for various applications, including customer service, virtual assistants, educational purposes, and more. 

ChatGPT is free to use for everyone, and can be accessed via

What is Microsoft Copilot?

Similar to ChatGPT, Microsoft Copilot is another type of artificial intelligence that is built upon a model similar to a GPT. While Copilot does have a chatbot feature relatively similar to that of ChatGPT, Copilot can be integrated into applications to assist users in their day-to-day work. This integration allows Copilot to provide tailored suggestions, automations, create custom imagery, and support within various software environments, enhancing productivity and streamlining tasks for users across different domains. 

For example, during our presentation, Doug showed an example of using Copilot for Outlook. Say you are logged onto your Outlook account and want a quick summary of an email chain you have going between you and another person. With Copilot’s built-in integration with Outlook, you can simply ask it to summarize a conversation you had going between you and the respective parties, and it will fill out a chat box with everything you need to know. Neat!

Prompt: Create a photo of Pikachu fighting a stormtrooper.

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