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Speaker: Mariel Pettee (LBNL) – Title: Towards a Foundation Model for Fundamental Physics

February 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Research Progress Meeting

Date: February 1, 2024

Time: 4:00- 5:00 pm

Location: Sessler Conference Room- 50A-5132 [In-Person and HYBRID] 

Speaker: Mariel Pettee (LBNL)

Title: Towards a Foundation Model for Fundamental Physics

Abstract: The launch of ChatGPT in November 2022 ignited an ongoing worldwide conversation about the possible impacts of Large Language Models (LLMs) on the way we work. There is little doubt that LLMs will significantly influence many people’s jobs: one prominent study estimated that about 20% of the US workforce could soon see about 50% of their daily tasks influenced by these models. As scientists, however, the changes in our workflows since the advent of this technology have been relatively minor.

Will this still be the case in 10 years? Could an analogous paradigm shift arise from a foundation model trained on a large amount of scientific data, transforming the way we conduct our research? If so, what can we learn from the development of other foundation models, including LLMs, in their evolution from specialists to (quasi-)generalists? In this talk, I will present some recent work representing very early potential steps towards a foundation model of fundamental physics as well as perspectives on how we should strive to shape such a model to reflect our highest priorities as scientists.

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February 1
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm