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Using Social Cognition in Artificial Intelligence – by Max Garcia

Using Social Cognition in Artificial Intelligence – by Max Garcia

This week, I found myself reading articles from the newest issue of the Trends in Cognitive Science journal, which was published for March 2018. The main theme of the issue focuses on the modeling of the predictive social mind and creating a multilayered framework for social prediction, as many cognitive scientists believe that “to successfully interact with other people, we must anticipate their thoughts, feelings, and actions” (Drayton, 2018). The same can be said about the interactions that Artificial Intelligence systems have with people. In order for an AI system to successfully interact with people, then it must anticipate their thoughts, feelings, and actions. By using the knowledge obtained from reading the articles, as well as by analyzing technological improvements, I propose ways in which our growing understanding of social cognition can help us build AI systems capable of having meaningful interactions with people. (more…)

More than a Computer – by Max Garcia

More than a Computer – by Max Garcia

Earlier this week, I was talking with someone about the mind and cognition. I started to pay close attention to the notion that many people have when they refer to the mind as a “computer”. While it is true that the mind performs computation in most of its cognitive capabilities, I believe that referring to the mind simply as a computer is a claim that needs modernization, and that is where Embodied Cognition comes in. In my previous post, I wrote about how Embodied Cognition can arise from Metaphors, and what this implied in terms of a universal language, emotional well-being, and machine to human communication. In this piece, I showcase why the mind is more than a computer by analyzing how we conceptualize information. I do this by reviewing propositions made by Lawrence Shapiro. (more…)

Embodied Cognition Arising from Metaphors – by Max Garcia

Embodied Cognition Arising from Metaphors – by Max Garcia

Happiness, power, and goodness have two things in common. The first one is the fact that they are abstract concepts. The second one is the notion that the three words can be mapped to the conceptual metaphor of “Up” (Lakoff, 2014). This in turn can be further expanded into the following ideas:

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