Call for Participation: Start of the 2022 lecture series “Philosophy of AI_Optimist and Pessimist Views” at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg: Cultures of Research (c:o/re), RWTH Aachen University.

We are happy to announce the start of our 2022 lecture series “Philosophy of AI_Optimist and Pessimist Views” at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg: Cultures of Research (c:o/re), RWTH Aachen University. Lectures will take place on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 pm (CET), starting April 6th with a presentation by Stefan Buijsman (TU Delft) on “Scientific Explanations from Machine Learning?”.

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Abstract of the lecture series:
Artificial intelligence (AI) is currently living through 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 AIs, and what can we expect in the future? What will a world with an increasingly important role for AIs be like? What shifts with regard to the concept of intelligence as well as societal order do these developments imply? In this year’s c:o/re lecture series, we will 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 a diverse discussion on AI and the many ways our lives are influenced by it.


Stefan Buijsman (TU Delft): Scientific Explanations from Machine Learning?

Steve Fuller (University of Warwick, c:o/re Fellow): What is the value-added of being human? The beginning of a conversation

Samuel Bianchini (ENS Arts et Design Paris): tba.

Jean Lassègue (EHESS Paris): Space, Literacy and Citizenship in the Digitalization of Law.

Kim Guldstrand Larsen (Aalborg University): tba.

Jose Hernandez Orallo (Univèrsitat de Politècnica Valencia): tba.

Jakub Szymanik (University of Amsterdam): Reverse-engineering the Language of Thought.

Ophelia Deroy (LMU Munich): How will humans treat AI? Or, Human social intelligence meets artificial intelligence

Lena Kästner (Bayreuth University): tba.

Gabriele Gramelsberger (c:o/re) / Markus Rautzenberg (Folkwang University Essen): tba.

Joost-Pieter Katoen (RWTH Aachen University): Demystifying probabilistic programming