Layda Gongora

· COGS Visiting Research Fellow from Lancaster – PhD student researching creative methods used by designers in early stages of the design process.

· Settling in.


· Reading up on Libet’s experiments and his own position – a dualism.


· Read Martine Nida -Rümelin paper Pseudonormal Vision.


· Wrote paper on ethics of use of AI – chatbots in medical applications in particular.

· Agreed to give 3 talks in Sweden at beginning of December.


· Met Igor and Catherine Wilkins re. post-doc business.

· Writing more on contrasting enactive theory with integrated information theory.


· Extending research proposal.


· Working on website and call for papers for AISB Machine Consciousness Symposium in York next year.

· Thinking about Newcombe’s problem, including relating it to Libet’s studies (thought of this years ago, as did Peter Slezak, but considering some new ideas).

· Thinking about Mike’s comment, and Froese and Gallagher’s (2010) comments, about the implications of the model in Izquierdo-Torres and Di Paolo’s 2005 paper.  Can it do any  philosophical work that, say, Braitenberg vichicles cannot?

Creativity And Art: Three Roads To Surprise

Today sees the publication of a new book: Creativity And Art: Three Roads To Surprise (Oxford University Press), by COGS founder and PAICS member, Prof. Margaret Boden.

Maggie says:

“It’s a collection of some of my papers on creativity and art. Some are  on computer art, others on traditional fine art, crafts, or conceptual  art.

Three of the twelve chapters (including one inspired by the Drawbots  project) are published here for the first time. The other nine chapters appeared in a very wide range of journals/books, so very few  readers will have seen more than one or two of them.

Readers of my two-volume (purple and pink) Mind As Machine (also OUP,  2006) may be relieved to know that it’s only about 260 pages!!!”

Congratulations, Maggie!

Updates 19/10/2010

Updates 19/10/2010


· Invited to robotics retreat to draw up new ‘laws for robot(icist)s’, updating Azimov’s.

· Paper “Do you want a robot lover?” published.

Tom B

· Working on colour.


· Post-doc work.


· Preparing presentation.


· Listened to Barry Smith’s radio show; prompted to think about Libet type results (apparently neuroscientists can now predict a decision to perform simple manual tasks 7-8 seconds before the conscious awareness of deciding) –


· Following submitting essay to Ron, ‘on a brain holiday’.


· Submitted an outline grant proposal on evolutionary explanations of creativity

· Received word that the Machine Consciousness symposium that Rob Clowes, Steve Torrance and I proposed for AISB 2011 in York has been approved.

· Reading Sue Blackmore’s account, in the latest edition of her textbook on consciousness, of my work with Aaron Sloman on explaining qualia.


· I just got notice the end of last week that my examiners have formally been approved. I’m still hoping for an examination before Christmas.

· Otherwise I’ve been proofreading, to bring in some money: a paper on the relationship between individual and corporate responsibility with respect to the Dresden bombings, a book chapter on lessons from iterated prisoner’s dilemma games on cooperation, and a doctoral thesis on gesture in children aged 18 to 30 months. I am giving a talk to the research group here, tomorrow, on Chapter 8 of my thesis, which presents a simple computer application for creating and exploring conceptual spaces. Meanwhile my visiting researcher visa has been approved from 1 January 2011.


· Writing: I’m working on a paper with Tom Froese on an ‘Inter-enactive’ view of agency. For an Italian-based journal called Humana.Mente. I’ve also put in an abstract for a conference in Tilburg which would (if accepted) lead to a paper on Superintelligence and the possibilities for moral status in non-conscious robots. This is to be written jointly with Denis Roche, a research student I have been supervising at Goldsmiths. I am working on a review of a book by Maxine Sheets-Johnstone for JCS, and I am writing a report for CUP for a forthcoming Handbook on Cognitive Science.

· Conferences and workshops: I gave a talk at the recent CEP conference in Oxford on The More-Than-Human Mind: Diverging and Converging Visions. With Rob Clowes and Ron Chrisley, I am coordinating a workshop at the 2011 AISB Convention, to be held at York University.

· Networking: I was at the recent EUCogII conference in Mallorca; I am a member of an Ad Hoc Committee which is developing a set of Rules for Responsibility in Computer Artefacts. This is mainly US-based, but they are keen to extend to Europe. If anyone is interested in knowing more, let me know. The website is https://edocs.uis.edu/kmill2/www/TheRules/. I am working with Mark Coeckelbergh of Twente in Holland, to set up an international network for ethics and artificial agents. We are hoping to organize a small meeting at San Sebastian some time around next spring.

· Sussex: I was pretty busy over the summer putting together this term’s schedule for the COGS Tuesday research seminars. I’m now working on next term – if anyone has any suggestions for speakers, please let me know (particularly people from within Sussex or London-based visitors; we have rather limited funding for external visiting speakers from farther afield, but it’s always good to get more suggestions). Mike Beaton has now taken over as publicity coordinator. I’d like to thank Simon Bowes for all his hard work during last year. Finally: I’ve just had my Visiting Senior Research Fellowship in Informatics renewed for the next 3 years. Thanks to Ron Chrisley for making that possible.

E-Intentionality, October 19th, 2010: Ricardo Sanz

We’re still sorting out a new web presence for the E-Intentionality seminars, but in the meantime, here are the details for today’s talk:

Ricardo Sanz

Tues 19 Oct.  15:20-16:20


“Intention and Control”

A flash view on intentionality from the perspective of a machine mind or, to be more precise, from the perspective of a control engineer trying to build a control system to improve the physical performance of a machine. Controllers shall know and intend about the world out there: How do they do that ?