This project aims to integrate cognitive neuroscience, human health, artificial intelligence, philosophy of mind and the arts to better understand how artificial intelligence (AI) may contribute to human flourishing. Our central premise is that AI technology may contribute positively to human agency, and we focus on understanding variation in individual and cultural approaches to living and thriving with AI.
We begin from the picture of the human mind as an embodied prediction machine, the now dominant systems-level model in cognitive neuroscience. This same framework is being applied today to designing and developing adaptive and successful AI. As such, it provides researchers a powerful bridge between neuroscience and computation research, and provides a solid basis for the type of interdisciplinary thinking needed to understand the complex integration of human and artificial intelligence. Central to this research project are three questions: how can human happiness and wellbeing can be supported and enhanced by human-AI interactions; how can we better design AI with human happiness and flourishing in mind; and the controversial, but useful, question of what flourishing might look like for artificial selves and cyborg agents.
This research is being carried out across a number of projects, with researchers such as David Harris (McMaster University), Chris Burr (Alan Turing Institute), Andy Clark (University of Sussex), Felix Schoeller (Impossible Technology), and Casper Hesp (University of Amsterdam).
Here are a few of the overarching themes I am currently working within.