Recent advances in AI research have produced impressive problem-solving systems, but these remain remarkably different from natural minds.
In contrast to the emphasis upon problem-solving that is prevalent in artificial intelligence research (e.g. figuring out how to make a system that can successfully categorize images) this reading group will focus upon the use of artificial systems to study other phenomena associated with minds, including agency, perception, first-person experience, emotion, intrinsic normativity and purposefulness, etc.
The kinds of overarching/motivating questions we may consider include:
Themes may include the "4 E's": i.e. the embodied, embedded, extended and enactive properties of minds. We will also likely focus upon sensorimotor approaches to AI, which emphasize relationships of interactive feedback between brain, body and environment as opposed to the computationalist perspectives that instead emphasize acquisition or internalization of information.
The schedule can be found below. To receive announcements, sign up to the mailing list by following this link. (You will need a google account). The group is to be interdiscipinary, so no particular background is required--computer scientists, philosophers, psychologists, mathematicians, artists, physicists, etc. etc. are all welcome!