What Cognitio Is All About
The main topic of the workshop is Active Inference as physics-based models of cultural phenomena, and manners of understanding human behaviour from the social sciences and humanities. This workshop will be important because cross-talk and cross-fertilization between these fields is becoming unavoidable and necessary. Digital technologies are rapidly evolving, and powerful tools have been used in the past for social purposes, without relying on the perspectives and caution of social science experts.
As a consequence of this neglect, critical flaws in the design of such computational tools have led to furthering the oppression of vulnerable groups. One notable instance of this has been the use of artificial intelligences to help in the determination of guilt in trials. The US legal system, based on historically racist outcomes and practices, has only prolonged the “school to prison” pipeline, in which law enforcement largely disproportionately targets Black and Latino men in the states. The systems that perform such legal advisership tend to operate opaquely like black boxes, and as such, realizing that this bias held such way took the community a long time—too long.
One of the main attributes of active inference in machine learning is that it is transparent: the models at play are fully explicit and specify the causal factors that generate data. This is an incredible advantage over black box networks that can lead to the perpetuation of social problems, when they draw from (e.g.) historical data. Working from the perspective that says “nothing about us without us,” we wish to foster collaboration between the fields of social science, computational modelling, and neuroscience, to further our ability to avoid such pitfalls and to develop the proper tools to benefit such vulnerable communities.
We will reach out to researchers in the field who specifically target social issues, or who make a contribution that focuses on social progress. We will focus on researchers from a variety of fields, and show an interest in an intersectional perspective.
Posters will also be presented, for students who may have smaller contributions or preliminary findings.
This workshop will be held online to promote safety and the international participation of actors across the world, as active inference is still a relatively new concept. Furthermore, we believe that access to such conferences may be rendered easier for participants with low financial means, or physical disabilities.
The different presentations will be collated in a special edition, that will become available for anyone who may want to read the subsequent talks, and continue of the social progress path.
Mahault is a PhD student in cognitive computing, and has a masters in Sexology from the university of UQAM. Her project concerns the way active inference can help us model epistemic communities.
She strives to integrate anti-oppressive approaches to her endeavours, technological or social.
Ines works on the intersection between philosophy of mind and computational cognitive neuroscience.
More specifically, she aims to elucidate how we understand cognition in everyday life in a way that is consistent with using the technical apparatus of dynamical systems theory.
Pierre Poirier is a research professor in the philosophy of cognitive science at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His areas of interest are the philosophy of science, the philosophy of neuroscience and the philosophy of mind. He has long been interested in enactive, embodied and situated cognition.
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- Fri., Oct. 15Online eventCognitio is a workshop meant to focus on the possibilities that the active inference and cultural affordances frameworks offer, in terms of addressing outstanding social issues, with a specific emphasis on ethical care and social progress. The event is free and will be broadcasted online.
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