Podcast about robots and artificial intelligence

Listen to our science quest podcast about robots and artificial intelligence

Science Quest

In our podcast Science Quest, our in-house experts discuss the latest, greatest and most talked-about insights from their own research. This time it's about robotization and artificial intelligence. Where are you already encountering robots? How do algorithms work for and against us? And should we actually be afraid of robots?

Chatbots, algorithms, robots ... everyone has to deal with them, even if we don't always realize it. We had high hopes for them: robots would take tedious work off our hands and solve all kinds of problems faster and better.  Robots also inspire fear. In movies and literature, they are invariably portrayed as creatures that are going to take over world power.

Anno 2022, self-driving cars are still not on the road and the Allowances affair shows that algorithms can derail. How smart has robotics really become? And do robots and chatbots really help us?

We discuss this with Marjolijn Antheunis, professor of Communication and Technology and Ton Wilthagen, professor of labor market. Valerie De Bie asked how our students view robotization and whether they suffer from robot fear. Finally, organizational psychologist Djurre Holtrop talks about how algorithms select people during job applications and what goes wrong with that.

Recording: Ed Boschman (Tilburg University)
Editing: Koen Aarts (Bongaloo)

The podcast is only available in Dutch 

  • Marjolijn Antheunis

    Marjolijn Antheunis

    Hoogleraar Communicatie en Technologie

    Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences


  • Ton Wilthagen 2021

    Ton Wilthagen

    Hoogleraar Arbeidsmarkt

    Tilburg Law School


  • Djurre Holtrop - klein

    Djurre Holtrop

    Universitair docent organisatiepsychologie

    Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Date of publication: 19 December 2022