The Salamanca Tech initiative, coordinated by AIR Institute and the BISITE Research Group of the University of Salamanca in collaboration with the Salamanca Town Council, continues to hold events to publicize the work of a large number of institutions, entrepreneurs and companies from Salamanca and to place the province at the forefront in areas such as technology, health and logistics.
On this occasion, the Archbishop Fonseca College hosted on Thursday July 27 a conference on generative artificial intelligence and the benefits it can bring to business. The welcome was given by Pedro Martínez Córdoba, Councilor for Economic Promotion, Commerce, Markets and Youth of the Town Council of Salamanca; Juan Manuel Corchado, president of AIR Institute and Director of the BISITE Research Group of the University of Salamanca, and José Francisco Diego, Regional Director of the Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León (ICE).
Pedro Martínez assured that both the council and the mayor, Carlos García Carbayo, “are fully involved with Salamanca Tech and the objective of making the province an international reference”. In addition, they highlighted the importance of new infrastructures such as the biotech incubator of La Platina and the Center for Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence located in the Puente Ladrillo neighborhood. For his part, Juan Manuel Corchado expressed gratefullness for how well the project has been received and confirmed that there are several events planned for September and October on topics such as technological innovation applied to the bio-health field or quantum technology.
The benefits and challenges of ChatGPT in economic activity
The workshop began with a presentation on the future of artificial intelligence with ChatGPT by Pablo Chamoso, Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Salamanca and collaborator at AIR Institute. In his words, “this technology can bring great advances because of its valuable results in a wide range of sectors”, although he recognizes that it also poses some challenges and that there is still room for improvement.
Raúl García Serrada, Project Manager at AIR Institute, then gave a workshop on various uses of Generative Artificial Intelligence at the user level. Regarding “the fear that many people express about the possibility of ChatGPT replacing them in their work”, he stated that it is a very useful tool as a complement and “it will not replace people, but it is important to be trained and use the tool so as not to be left behind and avoid being replaced by someone who does know how to use it”.
Subsequently, and as a prelude to the conclusion of the event, the success story of Progradum was presented; an intelligent platform developed in Salamanca that automatically analyzes the profiles of candidates for any job, assigns numerical values and generates reports using artificial intelligence.
Finally, attendees dedicated time to networking with the aim of exchanging experiences and progress, generating collaborations that facilitate the positioning of Salamanca at the forefront in different sectors and disciplines.