The transformers revolution: how an algorithm shaped the current AI landscape and society

Date: November 8 2023 - at 4.30 PM (Italian time)Where: Aula Rostagni, Physics and Astronomy Dept, Via Paolotti 9, 35131, Padova

The original Transformers architecture by Vaswani et al. dates only to 2017. In a very short time, it revolutionized our understanding of the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence. This session explores how this idea revolutionized natural language processing, enabling machines to comprehend and generate human-like text. From their inception to contemporary applications, we elucidate the profound influence of Transformers in diverse fields, including chatbots, and multimodal content generation. We investigate the societal effects, scrutinizing the ethical implications, biases, and job market transformations induced by this technology.

conference speakers

Carlo Nicolini

Carlo Nicolini, PhD is currently Senior Scientist at Ipazia SpA, a company of artificial intelligence services for industry and banks. After completing a PhD in applied physics focused on community detection in brain fMRI networks, he pursued postdoctoral studies exploring the statistical physics of complex systems. His research spanned various fields, including neuroscience and finance. Transitioning to industry, he joined a leading data science consulting firm in Italy, where he served as a senior analyst in the financial services sector. He is the creator of scikit-portfolio, a library for financial portfolio optimization. Currently, his research interests lie at the crossroads of deep learning, statistical physics, and finance.