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  • Who: People who build, develop and apply LLMs or wish to learn more about them

  • When: 6:15-8:15pm Tuesday, March 26th, 2024; doors open at 5:15pm

  • Where: BasisTech, 1070 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144 (directions) is a 10 minute walk from the Davis Sq. T station

  • What: Two speakers followed by Q&A. Food and soft drinks will be served.


  • 5:15pm - Doors open, food and drinks served

  • 6:15pm - Chris Biow "A Visual Exploration Under the Hood of a Large Language Model" followed by Q&A

  • 7:15pm - Sheamus McGovern "Disrupting Venture Capital With AI: A New Era for Startups and Investors" followed by Q&A

  • 8:00pm - Networking with speakers

  • 8:15pm - End

6:15pm: A Visual Exploration Under the Hood of a Large Language Model by Chris Biow

It can seem easier to get answers from prompt-based interfaces like ChatGPT than from actual humans. However a responsible technologist should understand layers of abstraction behind the prompt or API that outputs results. These layers determine the behavior and risks at every level, down to the logic gates we are invoking.

We will explore how an LLM works at the mathematical layer of abstraction. (Only addition and multiplication are required!) LLM practitioners from Python coders to interactive prompt users will better understand the innovations behind the remarkable AI advances of the last few years and what may be coming.

Using open source 3D visualization models, we will follow the entire inferencing process in an LLM, stepping through each mathematical operation: input and position embedding, the transformer (including layer normalization, self-attention, projection, and feed-forward multi-layer perceptron), and the final normalization and output.

7:15pm: Disrupting Venture Capital With AI: A New Era for Startups and Investors by Sheamus McGovern

The integration of AI into venture capital signifies a paradigm shift for both startups and investors. For startups, it means increased opportunities to be discovered and funded based on merit and potential, analyzed through data. For investors, AI offers tools to mitigate risks and identify high-potential investments with greater efficiency, transforming the traditional venture capital landscape into a more dynamic, informed, and competitive arena. In this presentation, we will delve into some of the technical details and AI tools for venture capital we've developed using large language models (LLMs), highlighting how we leverage data sources and trends across various datasets. This will illustrate the practical application and impact of our AI-driven solutions in the VC ecosystem.

About speakers

  • Sheamus McGovern is the founder of ODSC (The Open Data Science Conference), and also serves as a Venture Partner and Head of AI at Cortical Ventures, an AI-focused investment fund. He has experience as a  software architect, data engineer, and AI enthusiast in finance, healthcare, and eCommerce.

  • Chris Biow has over 30 years background as a technologist working in text retrieval, databases, and machine learning. Chris has delivered public sector and commercial solutions including at Verity, Autonomy, as Federal CTO at MarkLogic, and at MongoDB. He is currently  at BasisTech as an Entrepreneur in Residence.

About the Davis Square LLM Meetup

BasisTech hosts this in-person meetup for people interested in connecting to learn more about LLMs together. Whether you are an entrepreneur, engineer, or data scientist working to build new models, better solve old problems or tackle new ideas, we invite you to join us.

Each session will feature talks by people with expertise in an area of LLM or sharing something interesting they are doing with LLMs. There will be ample time for Q&A and getting to know each other over food and drinks.

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