Generative artificial intelligence at the University

Generative AI applications based on large language models have attracted public attention in recent years. Typical applications include text generation and editing (ChatGPT, Google Gemini) and various image-generation tools (Dall-E, Midjourney). Generative AI can also be used to create and process other types of content. The range of easily accessible tools is growing day by day, which makes it important for all University staff and students to understand how to use them safely and responsibly. 

The responsible use of generative AI requires knowledge of the University’s principles of AI use. Read about the principles of AI use on Flamma

The University of Helsinki does not have a generative AI solution for wide organisational use, but popular GPT models (GPT3.5 and GPT4) can be used in CurreChat, intended for staff and for teaching purposes. Located in Microsoft cloud, CurreChat can be used to process public and internal data as described in the University’s Information Security Policy (see 6.6 Data protection and information security principles for cloud services). CurreChat must not be used to process confidential or secret data as described in the Information Security Policy.

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In some cases, it is also possible to use AI solutions external to the University of Helsinki, as long as this is done in accordance with the University’s principles for cloud services and AI. However, please acquaint yourself with the frequently asked questions at the bottom of the page, especially the section on using artificial intelligence services external to the University of Helsinki.

Please contact IT Helpdesk for support with questions related to generative AI. 

    Frequently asked questions

    Can I use generative AI in my work?  


    Is it safe to use generative AI?  


    How can I start using ChatGPT/generative AI? 

    Please contact IT Helpdesk in questions related to generative AI. 


    Is it safe to use CurreChat?

    The University of Helsinki recommends CurreChat as the primary option.


    How can I use AI to create images? Does the University have a service for creating images?

    • The University of Helsinki does not offer generative AI for creating images. At the moment, the only way to create AI images is to use a service outside the University. Popular proven services include Bing Image Creator and, which are free of charge at their basic level, as well as Midjourney, which comes with a fee. However, please note that the University does not support or recommend the use of these services, and you cannot use material such as your work documents as input.
    •  If you are considering these services, please see the section on using artificial intelligence services external to the University of Helsinki.


    Can I use artificial intelligence services external to the University of Helsinki?

    • Numerous generative AI services for different purposes are currently available online, including ChatGPT, Bing Chat, Google Gemini, Midjourney and Leonardo AI. The University of Helsinki does not support or recommend the use of external AI services in University-related work, but you can test them as a private individual. As a rule, well-known services are safe to use, as long as you pay attention to the following:
      • You must register for the services and accept their terms of use as a private individual. 
      • Read the terms of use carefully. They indicate, for example, the price of the service, who owns the rights to the outputs, whether the outputs can be used in studies or work, and what right the service provider has to utilise your input or the data you generate. Please note that the service provider may have the right to store and utilise all your inputs, for example, to teach the AI model.
      • Do not use any work-related material, licensed material (such as educational material or articles), personal data or sensitive data as input for external AI. Materials that are entirely public and open, and whose licence does not prevent their use are an exception to this.


    Does the University have any generative AI services other than CurreChat?

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