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LightBulb Chats: AI Humans in the Backseat?

You are officially invited to join the DesignLab’s very first LightBulb Chat! This time, we will explore the topic of artificial intelligence.

Do you have burning questions about AI? Are you worried about the (lack of) regulations surrounding its use? Do you wonder if you have the career skills to work in an AI-powered world? Or are you concerned about the information AIs can extrapolate about us? Then welcome on board!


Do you have a question about artificial intelligence? Let the panel and audience discuss it! You can provide us with your input for the open discussion in the registration form.

  • 17:30 - Welcome drinks
  • 17:45 - Introduction and kick-off
  • 18:00 - Open, round-table discussion
  • 18:45 - Takeaways and closing


Ringo Ossewaarde

Professor of Sociology at the Public Administration department of the University of Twente. Award winning best teacher prize 2018.

After completing his studies at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and London School of Economics and Political Science, Ringo's research focused on topics such as sociology of governance; technology and ideology; societal and technological transformation; global governance; and others.

With his wide sociological and philosophical preparation, as well as his attention to the public domain, Ringo will contribute to the discussion by representing the social science perspective on artificial intelligence.

Khiet Truong

Assistant Professor of Human Media Interaction at the University of Twente.

Khiet has, among several other experiences, working on improving machine emotion recognition in human voices.

With her commitment to developing socially useful artificial intelligence and her remarkable professional experience, Khiet will certainly be able to underline the benefit aspects of AI technologies.




DesignLab’s LightBulb Chats are enlightening conversation starters: open invitations to publicly debate controversial elements shaping our future today. They focus on intriguing topics that play a significant role in our everyday lives, and are likely to influence the world of tomorrow. Think: will artificial intelligence put humans in the backseat? Do you need a degree to be successful? And now we can ‘design’ babies, does that mean we should play God?

The Lightbulb Chats aim to build bridges between students, academia, civil servants, business(wo)men, artists, and other curious civilians. Join the discussion and our mission to engineer the future together!