August 2023

Turing Laureate Prof. Jeffrey Ullman Inspires Students with Invaluable Insights and Advice


Prof. Jeffrey Ullman, a Turing Laureate and the Stanford W. Ascherman Professor of Computer Science (Emeritus) at Stanford University, was warmly welcomed by IIIT-Bangalore and ACM India Bangalore Professional Chapter on July 12. The event, a “Meet and Greet” session, was organized jointly by IIIT-Bangalore and ACM India Bangalore Professional Chapter.

 The session proved to be highly engaging, drawing a diverse audience comprising students and faculty members from IIIT-Bangalore. Prof. Jeffrey’s presence filled the room with enthusiasm and wit as he shared his insights. One of the key takeaways from his talk was the power of Large Language Models (LLMs) in enhancing cognitive abilities, with ChatGPT being a prominent example.

When asked about the potential for computational technology to approach human consciousness, Prof. Jeffrey explained that while systems may perceive themselves as self-aware, attaining a level of consciousness comparable to humans may remain beyond reach. 

Looking ahead, Prof. Jeffrey emphasized the growing significance of algorithms in computer science education. He offered a valuable tip for aspiring researchers, advising them to introspect and identify their desired research direction as a guiding force.

Addressing the intersection of humanity and computer science, Prof. Jeffrey highlighted the importance of reducing automation in society. He urged those with computer science knowledge to channel their efforts toward addressing pressing issues like climate change, specifically mentioning the concept of smart electricity. He underscored the need for knowledge to foster a secure and beneficial coexistence between human and computer science.

Overall, the session with Prof. Jeffrey Ullman left the attendees inspired and motivated, encouraging them to explore the frontiers of computer science with a greater understanding of its impact on society and the world at large.


The International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore is a technical and research university in Bangalore, India. The Institute is a registered not-for-profit society funded jointly by the Government of Karnataka and the IT industry under a public-private partnership model.

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