Discover, Understand, and Experience Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence Day was held on Friday, September 1st, 2023 at the University of Namibia, Windhoek.

Morning Session Talk: ChatGPT in a Nutshell
  • A friendly introduction to ChatGPT – no mathematical equations involved!  
  • What is ChatGPT? What are the latest advances in large language models (LLMs)?
  • What are the potential benefits and risks to humanity?

Instructor: Prof Ndapa Nakashole

Morning Session Talk 2: Understanding the Mechanisms Behind ChatGPT
  • Delve into the technical principles behind language models.
  • Understand the advancements that gave rise to ChatGPT
  • Ideal for those with some knowledge of probability concepts

Instructor in person: Prof Ndapa Nakashole

Instructor 2: Prof Raphael Flauger’s recorded lectures from the previous year will be provided for anyone wishing to refresh their understanding of probability.

Afternoon Session: Hands-on Python Experience with Language Models
  • Prior to the event: We strongly recommend watching the following one hour lecture: “LangChain: Chat with Your Data“, find it at:
  • During the event: join the in-person session centered on coding exercises on prompt-engineering and ChatGPT exploration. We will be using Python (beginner level Python)

Instructors in person: Prof Ndapa Nakashole and Prof Raphael Flauger

This is a great Python tutorial for those seeking to refresh their Python prior to the day.

Detailed schedule:
Venue: The Video Conferencing Room in the Library (ILRC)

Morning Session

  • 9.30 – 10.00am: Meet-and-greet
  • 10.00 – 10.15 am: Opening Address (Prof. Frednard Gideon, Pro Vice Chancellor, UNAM)
  • 10.15 – 11am: ChatGPT in a Nutshell (Ndapa Nakashole, Asst Prof. University of California, SD)
  • 11.00 – 11.30am: Tea & Coffee Break
  • 11.30 – 12.30pm: Understanding the Mechanisms behind ChatGPT (N. Nakashole)
  • 12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

  • Exercises folder
  • 1.30 – 2pm: Coding Prep (N. Nakashole & Raphael Flauger, University of California, SD). Before the event, we strongly recommend watching the following one hour lecture: “LangChain: Chat with Your Data” find it at:
  • 2.00 – 3.30pm: Hands-On Python Programming (N. Nakashole & R. Flauger)
  • 3.30 – 4pm: Tea & Coffee Break
  • 4 – 5pm: Concluding Coding Activities and Certificate Presentation
  • 5 pm – : informal session on (US) graduate school applications (N. Nakashole & R. Flauger)


Ndapa Nakashole

Raphael Flauger

Kauna Mufeti

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