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On January 28, six lectures by HSE scientists were held in the lecture hall of the Russian Society “Knowledge” at the International Exhibition and Forum “Russia” at VDNKh. Five of them were devoted to artificial intelligence, the possibilities of its use in science and everyday life, the sixth – to the features of scientific communication in modern society. Anyone could attend the lectures.

This is not the first time that artificial intelligence has become a key topic in speeches by HSE professors to mass audiences. This summer one of the blocks was dedicated to him open lectures at the Moscow City Lecture Hall, created as part of a partnership between HSE and the Moscow City Branch of the Russian Society “Knowledge”.

“The conversation about artificial intelligence is directly related to the issue of forming a positive and informed position of society regarding its capabilities, prospects and risks. It is important for us to convey that artificial intelligence research is a living area where scientists need public support more than ever, and society looks with great interest and hope at new and often incomprehensible technologies,” explains Andrey Kozhanov, director Student Academic Development Center National Research University Higher School of Economics, director of the Moscow city branch of the Russian Society “Knowledge”.

What the lecturers talked about

Teachers and researchers told visitors to the lecture hall of the Russian Society “Knowledge” (VDNKh, pavilion No. 57 “Russia – My History”) about the possibilities of using AI in science and everyday life Faculty of Computer Science National Research University Higher School of Economics. Each presentation lasted about 40 minutes, with lecturers answering questions from the audience for another 10 minutes.

Manager International Laboratory of Bioinformatics During the lecture, Maria Poptsova explained what a genetic computer is, why AI is used to study the human genome, and how this research helps fight diseases.

Lecture by the academic director of the master’s program “Data analysis in development“Maria Gordenko was devoted to a brief history of the development of AI and its application in various fields, and the lecture by Vasily Gromov, Deputy Head of the Department of Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence, was called “Catch a Bot, or Large-Scale Structure of Natural Language.”

The academic director of the master’s program spoke about how and why AI began to outperform humans in complex games.Mathematics of Machine Learning» Alexey Naumov. Director of Applied Research and Development Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Sciences Denis Derkach devoted his lecture to the use of AI in science.

How lectures are structured

All speakers have experience conducting effective scientific research in the field of AI and interacting with student audiences. For each of them, speaking in the format of an educational lecture is a special challenge that requires careful preparation, selection of examples and visualization, in which neural networks can also help.

“The presentation must be bright, dynamic, and throughout the lecture it is necessary to hold the attention of the audience, which is often not at all easy,” says Maria Gordenko. — There are many techniques for this, ranging from the timbre of speech, gestures and ending with interesting stories and interaction with the audience. Listeners are always interested in learning about the personal experience of the lecturer, and I am happy to share my successes and failures.”

Maria Poptsova’s lecture consisted of an alternation of simple material that can be explained in metaphors and on fingers, with screenshots from real scientific works, which even specialists would take a lot of time to explain. This approach is due to the fact that the audience may include both schoolchildren and their parents who have a vague understanding of biotechnology, as well as professionals from this field or related sciences.

“At the lecture, I not only talked about biotechnology as a rapidly developing field of research, but also presented the scientific results that we are obtaining at the International Bioinformatics Laboratory here and now,” noted Maria Poptsova.

Who visited the lecture hall

Among the lecture visitors were people of different ages – from schoolchildren to retirees.

Alexey Pankratov with his wife and ten-year-old daughter specially came to the 57th pavilion for Vasily Gromov’s lecture on bots. They learned about the HSE lecture at VDNKh in one of the telegram channels where announcements of educational and entertainment events in Moscow are published.

Alexey is an expert in the field of marketing and information technology, teaches at Krasnogorsk College and RANEPA, so the topic is close to him: “In my teaching practice I have to deal with the development of chatbots, so it was interesting to hear about the differences between texts created by humans and chatbot.”

His daughter, an elementary school student, herself expressed a desire to go to the lecture with her parents, from whom she had heard more than once about bots and artificial intelligence. According to her dad, it was, of course, a little difficult for her, but she understood something: “The lecture inspired us all – a wonderful teacher, he presents the information very clearly.”

Maria Mezentseva, a third-year student of the educational program “International Relations” at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, learned about the upcoming lecture at the university: “The topic interested me, and I decided to go and at the same time visit the exhibition-forum “Russia”, which I had heard about for a long time.”

As a result, Maria spent six hours in Pavilion 57, listening to all six lectures. “The teachers explained everything so well that it was impossible to put down, and I learned a lot of new things,” she says. – The day was not in vain. My specialty is not related to mathematics or engineering, but it was still interesting. After all, artificial intelligence is becoming a part of our lives.”

Most of all, the girl liked the lecture by Maria Gordenko, who also talked about ChatGPT. HSE students have been using this tool for a year now, but not everyone knows about all its capabilities. For example, the lecturer said that ChatGPT can work not only with texts, but also with audio and video, and this information can now be used in practice.

Why is it important

According to HSE professors, their participation in educational projects of the Russian Knowledge Society is no less important than teaching students and conducting research.

“It is very important that colleagues directly developing methods and applications of artificial intelligence tell others about their advantages. This will help not only reduce the level of anxiety in connection with the introduction of new technologies, but also ensure that as many people as possible try them in practice and understand their benefits,” says Denis Derkach.

Maria Poptsova notes the importance of the career guidance component of the lecture. “It is possible that on January 28, among my listeners there was at least one schoolchild or student who would choose biotech as his professional field and become the author of scientific discoveries that seem fantastic today,” she says.

“The popularization of artificial intelligence helps to attract new talented specialists. The more people are passionate about this topic, the more funds and resources will be invested in the development of the industry, which means new laboratories, startups, and other projects will appear,” emphasizes Vasily Gromov.

In his opinion, speaking at events of the Russian Society “Knowledge” is a great honor and great responsibility for a university professor. “This is an opportunity not only to share knowledge, experience and research results with a wide audience, but also to promote the correct perception of new technologies in society,” says Vasily Gromov.

“It’s just beautiful”

The final lecture on the topic “The world of scientific communication: how do science and society exchange knowledge?” read by Andrey Kozhanov. He spoke about the dialogue between science and society as a story of successes and failures, about how the scientific picture of the world has become the basis of our rational behavior and how people choose what scientific knowledge to believe in. The audience was joined by professional scientific communicators, including employees of the Higher School of Economics.

Scientific communication, as the lecturer said, “is organized, explicit and directed actions to build communication between scientific knowledge, methodology, processes and practices in conditions where a significant part of the audience are non-scientists.” That is, if you are traveling on a train with physicists, sitting next to them and communicating on scientific topics, this cannot be considered scientific communication: it was not specially organized, and the interlocutors could not be physicists at all.

“Francis Bacon noted that all scientific communication events have two main features, and nothing has changed since then,” said Andrei Kozhanov. – Firstly, it is useful – information is transmitted that can make your life easier and more interesting. Secondly, it just happens to be beautiful, comparable to the feeling when you come to the opera, where the artists sing in a language you don’t understand. Over 300 years, a tradition of a certain kind of cultural consumption has developed, and this is the merit of science as an institution that has been competing with other types of mass entertainment all this time.”

The immediate plans of the Moscow City Lecture Hall include a series of lectures on modern education. Researchers Institute of Education Twice a month, the Higher School of Economics in the Nekrasov Library will talk about the difficulties of adapting to a new city, the development of intelligence and brain, the universal influence of the Unified State Exam, the tricks of online schools and much more. The first lecture, on February 8, will focus on what brain researchers know about the development of intelligence. It will be conducted by Andrei Faber, an employee of the Institute of Education and Laboratory of neurobiological foundations of cognitive development. You can register Here.

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