Large Language Models + The Future Of Digital Assistants with Tom Hewitson

A presentation at WIAD London 2023 in in London, UK by The Research Thing

Tom Hewitson, Founder @ and organiser of Unparsed Conference.

Tom Hewitson, Founder

A LLM takes a sequence of words and predicts the next most likely words using enormous amounts of data (GPT-3 is trained on ~350bn words).

LLMs have demonstrated an uncanny level of fluency and a partial appearance of understanding/reasoning in some cases, often producing text that is indistinguishable from that written by humans.

Imagine being able to ask Reddit a question and get an immediate answer.

The response you can get from GPT will be very similar to that first answer.

In recent months they’ve been harnessed to make conversational assistants such as ChatGPT and Bing.



The following resources were mentioned during the presentation or are useful additional information.

  • Primer on how LLMs work


    An award-winning conversation design + prompt engineering studio based in London, UK.

  • Conversational AI London

    This group is for developers, designers, data scientists, growth hackers, writers, product geeks and generally curious people interested in voice assistants, chatbots and conversational AI.

  • Unparsed Conference

    Unparsed is the world’s first Conversation Design Conference

    We’re bringing in some of the world’s leading experts in conversation design together to share their experiences and advice on how to build effective and ethical conversational agents.

    Whether you work on IVR systems, customer service chatbots, metaverse control systems or building Alexa skills - Unparsed gives conversation designers of all stripes a chance to share best practice and learn from each other.

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