robothand en hand

Behind the Tech of ChatGPT

Date: Time: 15:00 Location: Blackbox, Esplanade building (Tilburg University)

The 'writing bot' ChatGPT has caused quite a stir these past months. Should we be truly worried about its technical abilities to produce astonishingly coherent and detailed texts? Find out all you need to know during this ‘pressure-cooker-lecture’. (English / SG-Certificate*)

Time: 15:00-16:15 hrs.  
Admission is free, no registration required.

The ‘hyperintelligence’ of ChatGPT

Some call it a fantastic tool and others see it as a dangerous development. But one thing is clear, ChatGPT developed by OpenAI, has taken many people by surprise in its amazing ability to understand and answer complex questions, conduct dialogues with the user and write clear, consistent and even personal pieces of text. As a result, the AI chatbot has become the talk of the day, and people are debating what its impact will be on our education, work and society as a whole.

Generative AI

Researchers who were already involved in so-called generative AI are less surprised, as they saw the implementation of artificial intelligent language models coming for years now: it was rather a question of when and in what form. One of these researchers is Eric Postma, guest speaker of this lecture. He will explain that concerns about AI are often fueled by misconceptions about its current and (near) future abilities and that these misconceptions arise from a lack of understanding from two sides of the academic spectrum. On the one hand, scholars with a non-technical background do not fully understand the underpinnings of AI. On the other hand, scholars with a technical background do not fully understand the complexity of humans and societal systems.


Eric Postma is professor Artificial Intelligence at the Cognitive Science & AI department at Tilburg University and at the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. His research interests focus on human perception and cognition, and the modelling thereof with AI techniques. He also teaches several courses on AI, and often gives “down-to-earth” lectures for organizations and industry on the latest developments and impact of AI. During this lecture he will do this again, by giving you a gentle technical explanation of the inner workings of AI systems such as ChatGPT, highlighting similarities and dissimilarities between artificial and human intelligence.

Eric Postma

All You Need to Know About…

This is a lecture in the series of introductory lectures on essential topics and inspirational thinkers in academia and the arts. After this ‘pressure cooker’ of maximum 60 minutes by an expert you can safely engage in a conversation about the topic discussed. Read more about the series All You Need to Know About...

More information

This lecture is organized by Studium Generale in cooperation with Study Association Enigma.

Contact: Hannah van den Bosch (Studium Generale).

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


Follow Studium Generale on social media