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Students aid in the introduction of WebbGPT

Yuki Layman
Students gather in the Fawcett Library to discuss the next steps of WebbGPT. Members of the WebbGPT team will begin meeting during office hours and flex time. “I would love for students to help me out, and you know, we’ve got some pretty cool things planned,” said Mr. Mantha.

By 2027, the AI market size is projected to reach a shocking $407 billion. As Webb advances in its educational model, the question of how Artificial Intelligence fits into our community is an ever more relevant one. While our academic department evaluates their AI policies, it is important to also consider the potential of utilizing AI in other realms.    

Abhishek Mantha (‘14) was recently introduced to the community as a leading mind in the “AI Project@Webb”. Previously working for Mercedes-Benz as a software engineer, he hopes to implement the new developing platform WebbGPT. 

AI Bits & Bites: Interactive is a hands-on workshop opportunity for students hosted by Mr. Mantha during Tuesday and Thursday office hours. The sessions will offer a unique chance for students to familiarize themselves with AI, technology, and the creation of WebbGPT.  

It could be anything from using tools hands on to just having conversations to doing written exercises,” Mr. Mantha said. “We’ll be exploring a lot of the different elements of AI and how to use it, but I’m hoping that it’s going to be an interactive experience for everybody.”  

WebbGPT represents a trailblazing step as a personalized chat-based assistant for students to input any questions. From scheduled events to the current lunch menus, the possibilities for information are endless.  

Yet, AI remains a wary subject in humanities and art classes at Webb. Many teachers have expressed fear over the potential AI has to take away from creativity, and it may be unlikely to see the status quo policies change in these classrooms.  

“I am on the AI ethics task force here at Webb, so I’m part of conversations about how we make sure that when students are using it, [that] they’re using it in an ethical way and that they understand the pros and cons of the technology,” said Dr. Elizabeth Cantwell, Chair of Humanities Department.  

Despite the increasing disciplinary cases Webb students have received due to unapproved AI use this year, interest in applying AI in other fields among the student body has not dwindled.  

Mr. Mantha has generously opened the development of WebbGPT to all of Webb regardless of prior AI or tech experience, and many Webbies have volunteered to assist in the creation process. 

Over 50 Webb students will be split into six different sectors targeting development, design, prompt engineering, data curation, marketing, and project management. They will attend office hours and interactive labs to collaborate and maximize the effectiveness of this application.  

Mr. Mantha plans on releasing the first prototype of WebbGPT this May, an exciting chance for students to test the application and provide feedback. From there, the program will be in evaluation and continue to improve for future students, faculty, and staff.   

“We want to introduce AI to students so they can view it as a tool that can help them,” Mr. Mantha said. “Think about how this tool can help solve bigger problems, whether it’s things like water security or maybe it’s trying to discover new materials for sustainable energy.”  

However, in the end, WebbGPT is only just the beginning of how AI may be used in Webb’s future. 

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Lauren Gutierrez
Lauren Gutierrez, Co-Editor of Culture and Lifetyle
A splash of pink paint on a black background – we are familiar with this Pink Panther intro – but to Lauren Gutierrez (‘25), this 32-second video has a special place in her heart. This clip is the intro to Lauren herself, an energetic artist who embodies Pink Panther’s curiosity. She is always ready for new adventures, creating unforgettable memories with friends and exciting concerts that inspire her art. Even when the performers are not on her playlist, or the item is one of a kind in the thrift store, she welcomes them to her eclectic collection. Sparkling with various genres and dazzling with tunes, Lauren’s playlist is no less colorful – SZA, Brent Faiyaz, Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Rosalía, etc. Constantly seeking to broaden her horizon, Lauren's summer at Groton Program for Intercultural Exchange Conference in Groton, Massachusetts, with Webb was an eye-opening experience that allowed her to hold meaningful conversations about social issues like security, AI, and culture preservation on a global scale. Joining the Webb Canyon Chronicle is not an exception to her exploration and creativity – Lauren looks forward to diving into the world of writing and exploring different journalistic skills as the Culture and Lifestyle editor.   Favorite Song: "90 Proof" by Smino (ft. J. Cole)
Yuki Layman
Yuki Layman, Co-Editor of News
Having lived all around the globe from Shanghai, China, to Boston, Massachusetts, and most recently Washington D.C., Yuki Layman ('25) knows that home is where she makes it.! Yuki is an engaged student in all her classes, but it is her strong knowledge in Humanities that impresses her teachers. Especially, during her Advanced Studies Culture and Politics at the Border class, taught by one of her favorite teachers at Webb, Mr. Huerta. Yuki spends her free time in a variety of ways, either going to the village with friends or simply watching Top Boy, her personal favorite TV show that her brother highly recommended. Although she enjoys going out, she stays connected with her life back home by making sure to call her family every night. As well as staying up-to-date with current events, jumping into hot-topic debates with her lawyer dad and brother who is studying International Relations. Coming back to the Webb Canyon Chronicle this year as Editor of News, Yuki is ready to keep the Webb community informed accurately as a Jameson resident again, making Webb her home for the rest of year.   Favorite Song: "1539 N. Calvert" by JPEGMAFIA

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