Mind and artifact

A multidimensional matrix for exploring cognition-artifact relations

Richard Heersmink*

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Abstract

What are the possible varieties of cognition-artifact relations, and which dimensions are relevant for exploring these varieties? This question is answered in two steps. First, three levels of functional and informational integration between human agent and cognitive artifact are distinguished. These levels are based on the degree of interactivity and direction of information flow, and range from monocausal and bicausal relations to continuous reciprocal causation. Second, a multidimensional framework for exploring cognition-artifact relations is sketched. The dimensions in the framework include reliability, durability, trust, procedural and representational transparency, individualization, bandwidth, speed of information flow, distribution of computation, and cognitive and artifactual transformation. Together, these dimensions constitute a multidimensional space in which particular cognition-artifact relations can be located. The higher a cognition-artifact relation scores on these dimensions, the more integration occurs, and the more tightly coupled the overall system is. It is then better, for explanatory reasons, to see agent and artifact as one cognitive system with a distributed informational architecture.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - 5th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy: Computing, Philosophy and the Question of Bio-Machine Hybrids, Part of Alan Turing Year 2012
EditorsJ. Mark Bishop, Yasemin J. Erden
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherSociety for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour
Pages48-55
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781908187116
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - 5th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy: Computing, Philosophy and the Question of Bio-Machine Hybrids, Part of Alan Turing Year 2012 - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Jul 20126 Jul 2012

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OtherAISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - 5th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy: Computing, Philosophy and the Question of Bio-Machine Hybrids, Part of Alan Turing Year 2012
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBirmingham
Period2/07/126/07/12

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    Heersmink, R. (2012). Mind and artifact: A multidimensional matrix for exploring cognition-artifact relations. In J. M. Bishop, & Y. J. Erden (Eds.), AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - 5th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy: Computing, Philosophy and the Question of Bio-Machine Hybrids, Part of Alan Turing Year 2012 (pp. 48-55). UK: Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour.