The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE) Informatics Colloquium Series
Speaker: Paul Humphreys, Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, University of Virginia
Where: Luddy Hall, Rm. 1106
When: Friday, April 6, 2018, 3:00 pm
Topic: Automated Science
Abstract: We are currently in a period that uses hybrid science in many areas – partly automated and partly supervised by humans. In my talk I shall discuss some of the epistemological considerations that are involved in moving towards a purely automated science and associated technologies. Some of the issues involved are the presence of epistemic and representational opacity, the type of knowledge that is produced by automated science, the effects that deep neural nets and machine learning have on understanding in explainable AI, and why, in the era of data, the long philosophical tradition of empiricism has come to a close.
Biography: Paul Humphreys is Commonwealth Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Human and Machine Intelligence Group at the University of Virginia. He has a long term interest in computational methods in science and his other interests include causation and explanation, emergence, and the philosophy of probability. His is author of, most recently, Emergence: A Philosophical Account (Oxford 2016) and his 2004 monograph Extending Ourselves was the first philosophical book to incorporate the methods of computer simulation into the philosophy of science. He was the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Science (Oxford 2016).