Artificial Minds

A Reading Group at the University of Auckland

This is the website for an interdisciplinary reading group that considers taking inspiration from biology to create artificial minds. Instead of emphasizing on artificial intelligence (i.e. how to make smart systems) we are interested in the other phenomena associated with minds, including perception, first-person experience, emotion, intrinsic normativity, goal-generation, purposeful behaviour, etc.

The readings will focus on "the 4 E's" described in recent cognitive science literature: embodiment, embeddedness, extended mind and enactive aspects of cognition. A related theme will be sensorimotor approaches to AI, which emphasize relationships of feedback between brain, body and environment in efforts to explain intelligent behaviour.

The schedule can be found here. To sign up to the mailing list, email me.

Introductory Texts

These topics are all relatively new, and thus there is no excellent single introduction. Some texts I have had recommended to me as not-bad introductions include the following. You may get more out of our gatherings if you have read one or more of these.
  • Di Paolo, E.; Rohde M.; and De Jaegher, H (2010) Horizons for the Enactive Mind: Values, Social Interaction, and Play [link]
  • McGann, M., De Jaegher, H., & Di Paolo, E. (2013). Enaction and psychology. Review of General Psychology, 17(2), 203–209 [link]
  • McGann, M. Enactive Cognition A Cognition Briefing [link]
  • Why Red Doesn't Sound Like a Bell (Kevin O'Regan, 2011)