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Lorcan Dempsey Offers Thinking on Generative AI

Lorcan Dempsey Offers Thinking on Generative AI

May 2023

Generative AI and Large Language Models

Essay by Lorcan Dempsey

Lorcan Dempsey describes his highly informative essay as being "a descriptive overview of some current developments in generative AI, looking broadly."  The essay's focus is sectioned into three parts -- "major attention and investment across all domains, rapid continuing evolution of technologies and applications, and social concerns about harmful or undesirable features."

Although lengthy (the system suggests it's a 49 minute read), Dempsey provides a reasonable foundation in the theory of large language models (LLMs) and the relevant vocabulary needed for understanding. A considered "slow read" is recommended. 

Dempsey retired in 2022 from his position with OCLC as Vice President for Research and Membership, and Chief Strategist. Named as a Miles Conrad Lecturer by NFAIS in 2004, he continues to be active in the information community as a writer, speaker, and consultant. For more, visit