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Welcome to our Rotary Club
Alexandra

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
Alexandra Golf Club
Gordon st
ALEXANDRA, VIC 3714
Australia
First, third & fifth Wednesday 7.00pm Apologies/Guests Jenny Paul by mid-day Monday at the very latest! Email: peters.jennifer.m@hotmail.com or text on her mobile: 0409 855 208 Secretary Helen Gibb 0419893370
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Alexandra Rotary received $1000 from the Murrindindi Beanie Festival Committee to support the Wood Program.     The festival this year on May 25 and 26th at the Alexandra Shire Hall and the Bowls Club rooms in Leckie Park. Proceeds support community groups in our shire.
This week we has an informative talk by Diane Murphy secretary and Meredith Miegel., Chair of District Student Exchange Committee. They explained what was required to take part in the student exchange program and the  benefits for the exchangees and for our club..

Rotary Alexandra speaker this week was Steve Paix spoke on Artificial Intelligence (AI)

His business is String Theory Creative, and his interests include Media and Mental   Health, and Music. 

AI- What is it?

We have all been exposed to AI-those who use YouTube and Google will notice that these platforms recognise patterns in usage, and offer suggestions based on search history. 

A few technical terms to get your heads around-

Generative AI - generates new original content. The G in ChatGPT stands for generative.

Large language models - are a type of AI that can communicate using normal human language (no coding required)

Chat GPT uses Generative Pretrained Transformer. It is so fluent in human language that anyone can use it.

It has been trained on a huge amount of data- basically the whole of the internet, far more than any human could possibly take in. It is trained to recognise patterns in language.

A large language model is an artificial neural network ( or'Brain')

Many types of content can be represented by numbers  eg text, images, audio and video.

Large language nodes  are a type of 'guess the next word' machine which recognises  patterns of usage.

For example-

Dogs are.......................

 "           "   animals.....................

  "          "          "         that.............

  "          "           "            "   .bark...............

Imagine talking to a genius who is the sum of all human knowledge!

The biggest limitation of this technology is the user's ability to describe what they need, the 'prompting'

Chat GPT is free.

You can 'play' with it.

It has the potential to make life better, for instance in health care, reading and comparing scans, and recognising patterns and suggesting a predictive diagnosis.

Potential risks include job displacement, surveillance, loss of privacy, bias (according to quality of training)

Worst case scenario- AI Misalignment could theoretically pose an existential risk to humanity.

But Steve is optimistic. With ethical AI governance, and careful management essential he advised us

*Don't panic

*Be curious

*The machines are not coming for us (just yet) 

An informative speaker and musician. 

Alexandra Rotary Easter Art Show
Raffle winners
First prize, Painting, Goulburn Views, by Wykeham Perry
was won by Iris, from Alexandra
 
Second Prize, Platypus Rafting Expedition for 6, on the Goulburn,
donated by Geoff Proctor, was won by Carren Wood.
 
Third prize, Hamper donated by Dr Helen Haines MP was won by Elizabeth Sizemore.
Come along tonight for the grand opening of the Alexandra Rotary Easter Art show. 6.30 $25 entry, drinks and finger food. 
Saturday & Sunday 10 to 5 . $5 entry 
Monday 9 to 12, $5 entry (no fooling)
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