Artificial Stupidity

Artificial Stupidity: The Danger of Glorifying Artificial Intelligence

Date: Time: 16:15 Location: Blackbox, Esplanade building, Tilburg University

In the future AI will be driving our cars, flying our planes and investing our capital, because it will be smarter than us humans in doing so. Or will it? Is AI as intelligent as we think it is? Take part in this interactive panel discussion and share your thoughts. (English / SG-Certificate*) (FULLY BOOKED)

Time: 16:15-18:00 hrs.  Registration required.

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The Challenges of Artificial Stupidity

As we use AI in our daily human activities more than ever before, it’s fair to say that we keep on giving a greater portion of responsibility to these so called intelligent algorithmic computer programs. But stripping away responsibilities from the human and giving them to AI, are we actually ready for that? And perhaps more importantly, is AI ready for that? Because who is responsible when AI crashes your self-driving Tesla? Who should take the blame when AI algorithms are inherently biased, as was the case during the Dutch childcare benefits scandal? And what should we do when AI software inflates the cost of Uber fares, which is exactly what happened after the  London terrorist attacks in 2017?

Interactive Panel Discussion

During this event, experts from different academic fields will share their thoughts on the topic of Artificial Stupidity, such as Law, Theology, Cognitive Science, Philosophy and Economy. By creating this interdisciplinary and varied pool of expertise, the primary goal is to explore the complexity that AI brings to society as a whole. By presenting our speakers with questions, statements and case studies about “Stupid AI” and by inviting the audience to participate in the discussion as well, we open up the floor to anyone interested in sharing their ideas. The event will be moderated by Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence student Nicolas Sanmartin de Miranda.

After the symposium there will be an optional get together with one free drink at the Grand Café Esplanade.


Pim Haselager is professor Societal Implications of Artificial Intelligence at the department of AI and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, at Radboud University, Nijmegen. In his research, he investigates the societal implications of deploying AI and neuroscience, raising the question how to ensure responsible use of new technology. Other research interests include the integration of empirical work (i.e. experimentation, computational modeling, and robotics) with philosophical issues regarding knowledge, identity, agency, responsibility and intelligent behavior.

Pim Haselager

Frank Bosman is a researcher for the Department of Practical Theology and Religious Studies and teaches various courses for the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, including 'Religion in the Digital World'. During this event, Frank will draw from his expertise of theology, faith and videogames, by presenting games which use AI as anthropological mirrors: since AI is so like us, in the small but significant difference between AI and humans, we can distinguish what makes u humans in the first place. In the context of 'Stupid AI' could the one defining human trait be disobedience? And what would this mean for (now still) obedient AI?

Frank Bosman

Afra Alishahi is an Associate Professor at the Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at Tilburg University, Netherlands. Her main research interests are developing computational models for studying the process of human language acquisition, studying the emergence of linguistic structure in grounded models of language learning, and developing tools and techniques for analyzing linguistic representations in neural models of language. She has received a number of research grants including an NWO Aspasia, an NWO Natural Artificial Intelligence and an e-Science Center/NWO grant, and most recently a consortium grant on Interpreting Deep Learning Models for Text and Sound from Dutch National Research Agenda.

Afra Ashihai

Joshua Eckblad is lecturer and director of the IQONIC Hub for Entrepreneurship Research and Education Tilburg, at the Tilburg University Management Department. As a former high-tech entrepreneur, he gained experience raising venture capital and building strategic relationships with established high-tech firms. His research focusses on the investment side of AI technologies. In his courses, such as Creative Problem Solving, he teaches about the intersections of human and machine creativity. During this event, Joshua will talk about his experiences in building Internet-enabled services that relied on text analysis and machine learning from the early days of 2001 until 2015.

Joshua Eckblad

More information

This lecture is organized by Studium Generale in cooperation with Enigma (CS&AI).

Contact: Hannah van den Bosch (Studium Generale).

Picture © Lucrezia Carnelos

* For students, this lecture may count towards the SG-Certificate. Check the SG-Certificate website for all the terms and conditions.

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