Lecture Series

Philosophy of AI: Optimist and Pessimist Views

Artificial intelligence (AI) is currently living another golden period. Recent progress in machine learning applications, such as image recognition and natural language processing, have raised the level of optimism that one day an AI can exhibit genuine intelligence. In games like Go and chess, human players have been surpassed by computers. As during earlier periods of AI optimism, there is increasing talk about domain-general artificial intelligence being possible. But just how intelligent are current AI’s, and what can we expect in the future? What will a world with an increasingly important role for AI’s be like? Which shifts with regard to the concept of intelligence as well as the societal order do these developments have? In this lecture series, we hear from speakers with different views on the present and future of AI research and the role of AI in society. We want to invite diverse discussion on AI and the many ways our lives are influenced by it. 

The lecture series takes place online from April 6th to July 13th, 2022, Wednesdays from 17:00 to 19:00 CET. Please register with: events[at]khk.rwth-aachen.de

06.04.22Stefan Buijsman (TU Delft): Scientific Explanations from Machine Learning? (abstract)
13.04.22Steve Fuller (University of Warwick, c:o/re Fellow): What is the value-added of being human? The beginning of a conversation (abstract)
20.04.22Samuel Bianchini (ENS Arts et Design Paris): Behavioral Objects, Agonistic Objects. How and why to design art robotic objects fighting against and for their being conditions? (abstract)
27.04.22Ana Bazzan (c:o/re, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul): Traffic as a Socio-Technical System: Opportunities for AI (abstract)
04.05.22Jean Lassègue (EHESS Paris): Space, Literacy and Citizenship in the Digitalization of Law (abstract)
11.05.22Kim Guldstrand Larsen (Aalborg University): Explainable and Verifiable Machine Learning. A Grand Challenge for Computer Science (abstract)
18.05.22Jose Hernandez Orallo (Univèrsitat de Politècnica Valencia): Calibrating expectations about AI: A renewed endeavour towards the measurement of behaviour (abstract)
25.05.22Jakub Szymanik (University of Amsterdam): Reverse-engineering the Language of Thought.
01.06.22Ophelia Deroy (LMU Munich): How will humans treat AI? Or, Human social intelligence meets artificial intelligence (abstract)
15.06.22Lena Kästner (University of Bayreuth): Explaining AI Through the Scientific Perspective (abstract) – Cancelled!
28.06.22 (Tuesday!)Gabriele Gramelsberger (c:o/re) / Markus Rautzenberg (Folkwang University Essen): Mind the Game! AI and Computer Games – Cancelled!
13.07.22Joost-Pieter Katoen (RWTH Aachen University): Demystifying Probabilistic Programming (abstract)