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Making your first AI Chatbot

Friendly Machine Learning for the Web

Tues May 14th, 7-9pm

Myers Media Lab (50 Thorndike)

Teachers College, Columbia University

Long short-term memory (LSTM) is an artificial recurrent neural network, (RNN) architecture used in the field of deep learning. Unlike standard feedforward neural networks, LSTM has feedback connections that make it a “general purpose computer”. It can not only process single data points (such as images), but also entire sequences of data (such as speech or video).


These powers make LSTM arguably the most commercial AI achievement, used for everything from predicting diseases to composing music.
— Bloomberg Business Week



This short workshop will go over:

  1. Use the results in ml5.js charRNN() method to generate real-time interactive chat content based on the pre-trained Virginia Woof model.

  2. Package content into a chatbot lived in Chrom Web Browser

  3. Train a custom LSTM on your own dataset of choice and use it to power your chatbot


*The code for this tutorial is based on Sherjil Ozair version of Andrej Karpathy’s char-rnn code.
*No prior coding background is required. Please bring a laptop if you can. The workshop is free to public.

Workshop Presenter:

Zhenzhen Qi( is a computational artist, educator, and a fellow of the Creative Technologies Curriculum (CTC) advanced certificate at the program of art and art dducation, Teachers College, Columbia University. She is fascinated by employing computational languages to create alternative spaces where patterns are shifted, expectations are broken, and conditions for new becomings emerge. Zhenzhen is currently a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, studying and practicing new media art education. She has taught various Computer Art and Creative Technology courses and workshops on interactive media, new media art, and game development at City University of New York(CUNY), Teachers College, Columbia University, New York Creative Tech Week, Guangzhou Academy of Art, Shanghai Contemporary Museum of Art, Asia Art Archive etc. Together with her partner Yang Wang, she founded NY based experiential design agency ZZYW, and DISCOURCE, an art education organization dedicated to exploring alternative forms of computer art practice, pedagogy, and critical theory.

This workshop is a partnership between:

Creative Tech Week (

Creative Technologies Curriculum ( , advanced certificate at the program of art and art education, Teachers College, Columbia University.