At the Perspectives on Science seminar on Monday 1.6. Inkeri Koskinen (TINT & Tampere University) will present his paper “We have no social epistemology of AI-based science”. The seminar will be organized as an online meeting in Zoom from 2-4 pm. Zoom is an online conference tool supported by University of Helsinki.
Perspectives on Science is a weekly research seminar which brings together experts from science studies and philosophy of science. It is organized by TINT, the Centre for Philosophy of Social Science at the University of Helsinki. More information about the seminar here.
To join the seminar please contact jannika.lalu(a)helsinki.fi or kaisla.kareoja(a)helsinki.fi. Information about using Zoom can be found here.
Inkeri Koskinen is a university researcher at Tampere University and is affiliated with TINT. Her topics of interest are objectivity, diversity in science, values in science, democratisation of scientific knowledge production, transdisciplinarity and the philosophy of the humanities.
In the social epistemology of scientific knowledge it is largely accepted that relationships of trust, not just reliance, are necessary in science, and that such relationships are possible only between agents who can be held accountable of their actions. But today, scientists in many fields use essentially epistemically opaque AI applications in knowledge production. As I argue, this creates a problem for the social epistemology of scientific knowledge, as no agent is in a position to monitor and to take full responsibility of the processes happening in the epistemically opaque application.