Tilburg University will develop the most reliable robot and artificial intelligence. A robot in which technology is applied that is as close as possible to human values. A robot that takes into account what is good for the individual, society and our planet. During the seminar 'Man-Machine & Values' that will take place this afternoon at the university, Ton Wilthagen will discuss Tilburg University's future-oriented research and impact agenda.
Devil in device?
For the first time in human history, we will be living and working together with 'artefacts': robots, artificial intelligence in many forms, such as (chat) bots and drones, which are not humans or animals, but are increasingly autonomous, intelligent and self-learning. This development raises fundamental questions: how do we ensure that we align this technology as closely as possible with human values? Are we, as humans, actually aware of what is important to us - and do we agree on that? How do we make the digital world even better than the analogue world? Or will this technology turn out to be a 'devil in device'?
Contribution of the humanities and social sciences
Based on its expertise in the field of human and social sciences and its social involvement, Tilburg University wants to build the most reliable robot and artificial intelligence. The humanities and social sciences are indispensable for the development of this social technology. These sciences already have in-depth knowledge of how people and society function and can also apply this knowledge in the robot society. These disciplines also know pre-eminently what values are and how values are or are not implemented and realised in practice.
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