Generative AI – History, Legal and Business Impact – Lecture by Prof. Dr. Alexander Zeier

On 15.1.2024, the ITM welcomed Prof. Alexander Zeier and Pauline Zeier for a lecture on generative AI, ChatGPT and law in a cooperation event of the public law and civil law departments. Alexander Zeier is Chief Technology Office (CTO) of the SAP Business Group and teaches as an honorary professor at the Faculty of Computer Science at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg on the topics of In-Memory & Cloud Technology Applications. Mr. Zeier has many years of scientific and practical experience in the field of generative AI, cloud and SAP at the Hasso Plattner Institute, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), among others. Pauline Zeier is a law student at the University of Münster and also a student assistant at the ITM (public law department).
Mr. Zeier began his presentation with a brief introduction and the historical background of generative AI. In particular, he explained the seven stages of AI development and categorized the currently much-discussed GPT models. In this context, Mr. Zeier also discussed large language models (LLM) that are underrepresented in public discourse, such as “Claude” from the US company Anthropic, “Grok-1” and “Inflection”. At the end of his presentation, Mr. Zeier spoke about the world’s first AI regulation project, the AI Act, and gave an outlook on the future development of generative AI.
In the second part of the presentation, Pauline Zeier spoke about the “GPT Media Law Advisor”, which she helped to develop. This is a chatbot designed to act as an assistant for media law issues with a special focus on media law case law. The GPT Media Law Advisor has been trained with legal information on cybersecurity, data protection, digital markets, open data, data governance and AI regulation and is tailored to users seeking low-threshold legal advice in the field of media law. Using a media law issue, Ms. Zeier demonstrated how the “GPT Media Law Advisor” works and came to the conclusion that ChatGPT is already capable of designing high-quality legal work products.
The ITM would like to thank Alexander Zeier and Pauline Zeier for their exciting presentation on this particularly topical subject.