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Weekly QuEST Discussion Topics, 27 June

Our main topic this week is how to modify existing cognitive architectures / models like the ACT-R model to be consistent with our Theory of Consciousness to include our view qualia and narratives – The work of one of our Colleagues Sandy V is driving this discussion – a discussion along these lines will also allow our colleagues going to the upcoming computational models of narratives workshop to focus their interactions to assist some of the current challenges we are facing on implementation as well as Sandy working on a cyber wingman and attempting to incorporate elements of our Theory of consciousness into those wingmen.

Weekly QuEST Discussion Topics and News 27 June

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Weekly QuEST Discussion Topics, 24 June

We will meet on Tues 24 Jun at noon and on Friday 27 June at noon. We will not do the white paper discussions this week with our colleagues at the CVPR conference. Instead we will clean up any issues people would like to discuss. Two topics on the top of Capt Amerika’s list of concerns are:
1.) ACT-R / LaRue models and narratives – giving some thought ot how to tie these ideas together – a discussion along these lines will allow our colleagues going to the upcoming computational models of narratives workshop to focus their interactions to assist some of the current challenges we are facing on implementation.

2.) While working on his novel while at the beach – Capt Amerika realized the importance of ‘situating’ the reader as a key talen t good novelist have (unlike Capt Amerika) – as an engineer up to this point the novel (‘Taming the Beast’) – was full of anecdotes and short snippets of stories to communicate a series of life lessons on leadership – once he altered this approach and realized that when good novels are written what he previously considered fluff was really all about situating the reader – when you successfully situate the reader you are engaging both their Type 1 and their Type 2 processes and thus totally immerse them in the experience versus being told something second hand – if you will you have to get their mirror neurons working – he might provide a couple of examples from the book – this experience also has him rethinking the cloud diagram of our cognitive framework – clearly when you read something (like the novel) you are using your Type 2 processes to get the stimuli – but if appropriately written the Type 2 processes will not only help re-wire your Type 1 processes they engage your Type 1 processes (for example you get emotionally engaged into what you are reading) – it also seems that the multiple plausible narratives we’ve spoke of and recently talked instead of multiple potential cohesive narratives –really are not complete narratives but alternative emphasis being placed on the many potential links that are being used to create the working memory – our recent discussions on conceptual combination where we spoke of the many different ways that people have used to model this process

Weekly QuEST Discussion Topics and news, 12 June

First we want to talk schedule – There will be no meeting on 13 June, then the next meeting after that will be Tues 24 June then back to the Friday noon schedule on 27 June(sorry but due to Capt Amerika travelling the only other alternative is cancelling). Meetings on the 12 and the 24th will focus on discussions on topics of interest versus Capt Amerika providing a lecture on recent articles.

1.) The first discussion topic is on work in ‘conceptual combination’ – specifically we want to place the work recently presented on how it can be used (as could LASS and/or CIH) to address the ‘unexpected query’ – Conceptual combinationresearch investigates the processes involved in creating new meaning from old referents. It is therefore essential that embodied theories of cognition are able to explain this constructive ability and predict the resultant behavior. Article by Lynott – ‘Embodied conceptual combination – Frontiers in psychology nov 2010 vol 1 article 212
i. …, by failing to take an embodied or grounded view of the conceptual system, existing theories of conceptual combination cannot account for the role of perceptual, motor, and affective information in conceptual combination.
ii. In the present paper, we propose the embodied conceptual combination (ECCo) model to address this oversight.
iii. In ECCo, conceptual combination is the result of the interaction of the linguistic and simulation systems, such that linguistic distributional information guides or facilitates the combination process,but the new concept is fundamentally a situated, simulated entity.
2.) The second topic is on designing function models – specifically one of our colleagues is attempting to use existing models associated with the ACTR approach to implement a QuEST compliant solution. That has led to an interaction with Stanovich which led to some work that we’ve previously discussed by Sloman – so we want to re-look at the summary notes where we discussed Sloman and others on designing artificially conscious systems.
3.) We also of course will entertain any topic associated with the generation of the QuEST whitepaper.

Weekly QuEST Discussion Topics and News 12 June

Weekly QuEST Discussion Topics, 6 June

QuEST 6 June, 2014

First we want to talk schedule – the next QuEST meeting will be next Thurs 12 June – there will be no meeting on 13 June, then the next meeting after that will be Tues 24 June then back to the Friday noon schedule on 27 June(sorry but due to Capt Amerika travelling the only other alternative is cancelling).

1.) The first technical topic this week is to hit some of the background issues we need to discuss for the maturation of the white paper. Topics that I have listed from the Jared draft section include: what is an inference task? The WCCI topic of no free lunch ideas, defining agents / QuEST agents / data / stimuli / information / knowledge / context, relationship between awareness and decision quality, assessment, Theory of Mind, mirror neurons, alignment between agents, situations / situational awareness / situation understanding / situational assessment, cognitive workload estimates. This discussion will help us refine/mature our position on these issues and generate others that we need to refine/research/discuss.
2.) The second related topic is on work in ‘conceptual combination’ – Conceptual combination research investigates the processes involved in creating new meaning from old referents. It is therefore essential that embodied theories of cognition are able to explain this constructive ability and predict the resultant behavior. Article by Lynott – ‘Embodied conceptual combination – Frontiers in psychology nov 2010 vol 1 article 212
i. …, by failing to take an embodied or grounded view of the conceptual system, existing theories of conceptual combination cannot account for the role of perceptual, motor, and affective information in conceptual combination.
ii. In the present paper, we propose the embodied conceptual combination (ECCo) model to address this oversight.
iii. In ECCo, conceptual combination is the result of the interaction of the linguistic and simulation systems, such that linguistic distributional information guides or facilitates the combination process, but the new concept is fundamentally a situated, simulated entity.