Simon Willison has been hacking on technology for years and blogging about it in his excellent blog where he posts on how to recreate his innovations and follow along on his adventures. He was a speaker at this year’s WordPress WordCamp US 2023 conference and gave a talk that I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to spend an hour to catch up on all the latest developments in the world of gen AI and LLM.

Posting this here today because I expect that I’ll be sending this link to people for weeks to come.

Large Language Models are the technology behind ChatGPT, Google’s Bard and more. They are weird and somewhat intimidating pieces of technology: we’re still trying to figure out how they work and what they can do, in a field that changes radically on an almost weekly basis.

In this talk I’ll break down how they work, what they’re useful for, what you can build with them and how to dodge their many pitfalls.

Making Large Language Models work for you
Simon Willison on AI at WordCamp 2023

If you’d rather just read Simon’s talk, he’s created an annotated version of his talk here.