Universität Hamburg Launches UHHGPT

Photo: UHH/Röttger UHHGPT is available to all’University members.
Photo: UHH/Röttger UHHGPT is available to all’University members.

Since 9 April 2024, all members of Universität Hamburg have had access to ChatGTP via the University. A special tool ensures that the chatbot, which relies on AI, can be used anonymously and in compliance with data protection laws.

You can access UHHGPT through a web tool originally developed at Hildesheim University and adapted for Universität Hamburg. It is operated by the Center for Sustainable Research Data Management and the Regional Computing Center that oversees IT for Universität Hamburg. All University members can use the application without transmitting personal data or having personal data stored. Nor will the information provided be used to further develop the chatbot.

-Artificial intelligence (AI) has enormous potential for science and society that we at Universität Hamburg decidedly want to tap into. As knowledge organizations, universities must actively engage with developments in AI in their core areas of research and teaching, but also in their administrations. The introduction of UHHGPT is another step in Universität Hamburg’s digitalization strategy: I am delighted that we are studying this AI application, using it, and reflecting upon it critically and in an interdisciplinary way. It is also crucial that the University establishes the conditions for secure and informed use among staff and students,- explains the University’s president, Hauke Heekeren.

In the future, AI will be both a subject of scientific inquiry while also being used more intensively as a research, teaching, and administrative tool. The UHHGPT tool also makes it possible to integrate further AI systems.

As an introduction, University members will receive all the important information about using UHHGPT per email and in the relevant FAQ, including information about copyright and term papers.

Thus far, text, images, and videos could be created using what is known as -generative AI.- To some extent, it is nearly impossible to identify results as AI-generated. -The effects of AI on all’areas of life are massive. Universities must contribute their knowledge and their findings to the current discourse and help shape the future of AI using their own experiences,- says Sebastian Gerling, the University’s chief digitial officer.