Prof. dr. ir. Jan Broersen

Hoogleraar
Theoretische Filosofie
Filosofie
030 253 2761
j.m.broersen@uu.nl
Projecten
Project
Empowering Human Intentions through Artificial Intelligence 01-01-2021 tot 31-12-2024
Algemene projectbeschrijving

Philosophers have questioned the very existence of weakness of will. Yet, many of us perceive it as a concrete phenomenon causing considerable psychological discomfort. We do not always follow up on our intentions, are not always faithful to our plans and generally sometimes find ourselves doing things we did not want to do. One very interesting way in which we try to increase the success rate of our intentions is by orchestrating our physical and social environments in ways that help us realise our proximal and distal intentions: Heavy drinkers or smokers ask their friends to remind them about their intentions to quit, obese stick notes on the fridge reminding them of what they should not eat, and procrastinators ask their colleagues to coach them to deliver in time. However, often the environment that is doing the scaffolding is either passive or human. We explore how modern artificial intelligence can be used to enhance a subject’s goal autonomy by monitoring its behaviour, learning its habits and providing reports on how some of them stand in the way of reaching predefined goals. Candidates for a language in which such reports and goals could be stated, are studied in philosophical logic. This project aims (1) to provide a logic model for intention formation and realization; and (2) to empirically test how this model is supported by personalizing scaffolding knowledge to a human subject through modern machine learning techniques. This positions this research right at the intersection of philosophy, AI and psychology.

Rol
Onderzoeksleider & uitvoerder & contactpersoon
Financiering
2e geldstroom - NWO
Afgesloten projecten
Project
The Digital Turn in Epistemology 01-03-2017 tot 28-02-2021
Algemene projectbeschrijving

The NWO project “The Digital Turn in Epistemology” aims at new epistemological theories and learning methods applying to (mathematical) knowledge that is embedded, embodied and extended through our modern day interactions with digital (mathematical) tools. 

Rol
Promotor & uitvoerder
Financiering
2e geldstroom - NWO
Project
Responsible Intelligent Systems 01-03-2014 tot 01-03-2019
Algemene projectbeschrijving

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Rol
Onderzoeksleider & uitvoerder & contactpersoon
Financiering
3e geldstroom - EU ERC consolidator grant (2013)