The role of robotics and AI in technologically mediated human evolution: a constructive proposal

Jeffrey White* (Corresponding Author)

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This paper proposes that existing computational modeling research programs may be combined into platforms for the information of public policy. The main idea is that computational models at select levels of organization may be integrated in natural terms describing biological cognition, thereby normalizing a platform for predictive simulations able to account for both human and environmental costs associated with different action plans and institutional arrangements over short and long time spans while minimizing computational requirements. Building from established research programs, the proposal aims to take advantage of current momentum in the direction of the integration of the cognitive with social and natural sciences, reduce start-up costs and increase speed of development. These are all important upshots given rising unease over the potential for AI and related technologies to shape the world going forward.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAI and Society
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 9 Feb 2019



  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Cognitive social science
  • Computational model
  • Directed evolution
  • Free energy principle
  • Social simulation
  • AI arms race

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