TILT's 25th Anniversary Year: Events in September

Published: 30th August 2019 Last updated: 02nd September 2019

TILT's anniversary events in September will revolve around "Reconfiguring Human-AI relationships" and is organized by Silvia de Conca, Aviva de Groot, Merel Noorman and Linnet Taylor.

Reconfiguring Human-AI relationships

This month we want to explore the relationship between human beings and AI technologies. Human-technology relationships tend to be thought of in instrumental terms: technologies are tools that extend human capabilities. Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies invite us to think about technologies as more than tools. They have been presented as substitutes for human beings, but also as autonomous agents that operate as if they have a life of their own. Care robots and intelligent home appliances are expected to be our partners or intelligent assistants. We anthropomorphize robots that engage with us in human-like interactions, and we become concerned about independently acting, technologically opaque computers controlling human behavior rather than the other way around.

The following events will take place in September:

  • Keynote Lecture: Joanna Bryson
    10th of September, 16.00-17.30, Blackbox, Esplanade Building (coffee/tea before in Blackbox and drinks afterwards in the Esplanade)
    Joanna J. Bryson is a transdisciplinary researcher on the structure and dynamics of human- and animal-like intelligence. Her research covering topics from artificial intelligence, through autonomy and robot ethics, and on to human cooperation has appeared in venues ranging from a reddit to Science.  She holds degrees in Psychology from Chicago and Edinburgh, and Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh and MIT. She has additional professional research experience from Princeton, Oxford, Harvard, and LEGO, and technical experience in Chicago's financial industry, and international management consultancy. Bryson is presently a Reader (associate professor) at the University of Bath.
    Abstract: "The Role of Humans in an Age of Intelligent Machines"
    Artificial intelligence (AI) and the information age are bringing us more knowledge about ourselves and each other than any society has ever known. Yet at the same time it brings machines seemingly more capable of every human endeavour than any human can be. What are the limits of AI? Of intelligence and humanity more broadly? What are our ethical obligations to machines? Do these alter our obligations to each other? What is the basis of our social obligations? In this talk I will argue that there are really only two problems humanity (or any other species) has to solve. These are sustainability and inequality, or put another way, security and power. Or put a third way, how big of a pie can we make, and how do we slice up that pie. Life is not a zero-sum game; we and many other species use the security of sociality to construct public goods where everyone benefits. But still, every individual needs enough pie to thrive, and this is the challenge of inequality. I will argue that understanding these processes is not only essential to surviving the challenges of the climate crisis, but also helps answer the fundamental questions of ethics and social obligation. I will also examine how AI is presently affecting both of these problems. I will close with concrete policy recommendations for managing AI and our society.
    Her lecture is intended for the academic community at Tilburg University and free of charge, but please register via Ghislaine van den Maagdenberg: g.vdnmaagdenberg@tilburguniversity.edu.
  • Movie: "More Human Than Human"
    17th of September, 20.00-21.20, FutureLab Tilburg (Burgemeester Broxlaan 1000, 5041 SG, Tilburg)
    We will watch and discuss the movie "More Human Than Human". Please buy your ticket here. This event is open to everyone interested. Read more about the film here.
  • Public Lecture: "Welcoming Robots into the Moral Circle"
    24th of September, 19:15-21:00, LocHal Tilburg
    We will have a public lecture on "Welcoming Robots into the Moral Circle" by John Danaher and Sven Nyholm. Read more about the public lecture here.

All the information can also be found on www.tilt25.com.