Artur: From Sorbonne to AI

By Mindrift Team

May 30, 2024


I find it fascinating to reflect on my journey into the realm of machine learning. What makes it particularly intriguing is that, given my unconventional academic background, I never imagined myself contributing to the advancement of such groundbreaking technology.

Although my primary passion has always been language, my academic pursuits initially led me to study Business and Economics at university. This decision allowed me to broaden my horizons through international experiences in the UK and Singapore, where I acquired a diverse array of practical skills. It was also during this time that I immersed myself in learning English and French, languages that would later be instrumental as I pursued my second degree. Ultimately, my aspiration to study Classics and Linguistics materialized when I embarked on studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. This was a pivotal moment for me, as it enabled me to combine my love for language with a deep exploration of the roots and structures of communication.

However, throughout my academic journey, I often questioned the practical utility of my  so-called “classical" degree in today’s modern world. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised to discover its relevance when I started working as an AI tutor. It provided me a platform to apply the theoretical expertise I had gathered as a linguist, granting me access to cutting-edge technology.

I’ve long held a fascination with AI and consistently integrated it into my daily routine, whether by seeking recommendations, finding solutions to problems, or simply exploring its capabilities. However, the notion of actively contributing to its creation never crossed my mind until recently. It wasn’t until a friend, who works in AI, suggested that I explore tutoring, believing that my knowledge and skills were well-suited for such a role, that I began considering it seriously. Prompted by the suggestion, I decided to try it out, and soon found myself captivated by the diverse tasks and complex challenges inherent in AI tutoring.

The Role of an AI Tutor: Crafting Language Dynamics for Effective Communication

It is common knowledge that the way a language operates depends on a plethora of various factors, including syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and cultural nuances. In the realm of AI tutoring, these elements are pivotal for fostering effective communication and achieving optimal learning outcomes. To illustrate this, AI tutoring can be compared to a form of acting where the tutor assumes diverse roles and employs various communication styles tailored to each situation.

Imagine an AI tasked with providing insights into ancient Greek mythology. A young child might simply ask, “Could you share a thrilling tale about Zeus and his thunderbolts?” This innocent query arises from a nascent curiosity about mythology, craving a captivating narrative to ignite the imagination. On the other hand, a university student might delve deeper, inquiring, “Could you explore the concept of hubris in Greek mythology, and its tragic consequences for figures like Icarus and Narcissus?” This question reflects a scholarly interest in the thematic elements of mythology and seeks to uncover the profound moral and philosophical lessons.

Thus, AI tutoring requires not only linguistic expertise but also the capability to dynamically adjust communication strategies to effectively accommodate to a wide range of user queries and contexts.

Navigating Roles as an AI Tutor and Bookstore Manager

Balancing multiple roles is an exhilarating part of my life, especially as I've chosen to work my primary job on a part-time basis, allowing me the flexibility to engage in other job activities rather than committing to just one. Transitioning from my previous role at a library archive in Paris, I now assist as a manager at the bookstore, which provides me with invaluable insights into the ever-evolving literary landscape.

The decision to work part-time stems from my desire to acquire a varied professional experience, and AI tutoring happened to be the perfect fit. It not only supplements an additional income for my future educational endeavors but also engages me in intellectually stimulating tasks, offering a fulfilling balance between work and personal pursuits. It’s akin to a mental workout, where I can flex my linguistic muscles and apply my skills in innovative ways.

Addressing Concerns: Embracing Human Oversight in AI Tutoring

Before engaging in AI tutoring, I worried about its subjectivity and potential biases in selecting information. However, I now realize that when professionals actively contribute and undergo thorough scrutiny, such as fact-checking and peer review, it enhances quality and reliability. For instance, subject matter experts in fields like medicine can ensure accurate medical information is provided. This reinforces my belief in the importance of human oversight in training AI systems. Upholding integrity, honesty, and the dissemination of accurate information is paramount in this process. It also aids in building a safer and more trustworthy AI landscape.

I aspire to contribute to this group of individuals who ensure the safety and excellence of this technology, thereby fostering its remarkable potential.

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By Mindrift Team