Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

Communicatie, Cultuur, Filosofie, Religie, Kunstmatige Intelligentie en Liberal Arts and Sciences

Master Seminar

Het Master programma van Filosofie kent jaarlijks een aantal extra-curriculaire activiteiten. De activiteiten hebben een inhoudelijk en een sociaal doel. Door gezamenlijke activiteiten wordt de eenheid van het programma versterkt en leren studenten elkaar en elkaars werk beter kennen.


18 april │ Humans Minds meet Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities for Ethical AI

Gastspreker: Sven Nyholm (TU/e)

Locatie: Dante building - DZ 8 (19:45 - 21:00)

Humans Minds meet Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities for Ethical AI

Our human minds evolved, both biologically and culturally, before robots and artificial intelligence came onto the scene. For this reason, there are several features of our minds that make us vulnerable in relation to, or prone to respond in non-ideal ways to, robots and artificial intelligence (AI). In my presentation, I will first discuss some different features of our human minds and what they do to our ways of responding to AI and robotics. For example, our highly social minds make us anthropomorphize robots; our tendency towards mind-reading makes us attribute agency to robots; our minds' "dual processing" makes us respond to robots and AI in conflicted ways; and our tendencies towards in-group/out-group distinctions make us respond to online personalization by become highly polarized. This all means that, for our own sake, we need to try to either (a) adapt human minds to AI and robots or (b) adapt AI and robotics to human minds. The second option is, I argue, by default the ethically right option. However, I will also argue that sometimes the first option can be ethically justified. That is, in certain limited conditions, it can be ethically correct to try to adapt human minds to robots and AI, rather than trying to do things the other way around. To illustrate that point, I will briefly discuss the case of autonomous cars and describe some types of general conditions under which there might be ethical arguments to try to make people behave more like robots.

21 maart │ T.b.a.

Gastspreker: Rens van Loon (TiU)

Locatie: Dante building - DZ 8 (19:45 - 21:00)

More info will follow soon

21 februari │ Philosophy and Common Sense

Gastspreker: Sjoerd van Tuinen (EUR)

Locatie: Dante building - DZ 8 (19:45 - 21:00)

Philosophy and Common Sense

My talk takes issue with the distinction between 'common sense' (Gemeinsinn, our capacity for political judgment) and 'good sense' (gesunder Menschenverstand). Hannah Arendt suggests that in the course of modernity 'common sense' has come to be enclosed by 'good sense'. This movement can be understood as the philosophical answer to a parallel movement in science in which it was believed that 'common sense' ought to be criticized by superior 'scientific' ways of getting at the truth. In this talk I want to criticize this movement and demonstrate that it has led to a fragmented world of specialized but mal-unadapted subsystems, that can no longer harbor a unified sense of truth. I argue that we must follow a different path that leads from a critique of 'common sense' to a critique of 'good sense'! I think this opposite movement is important in view of finding a way for a sense of (post-human) community in the 21st century, that deals with various problems such as populism.


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