CREA, AI and Anticipation

Cross-disciplinary Research on Effectual Anticipation

Anticipation is a key concept both in human studies and in computer science. It is a rich notion that includes cognitive, existential, historical and cultural aspects, active across a wide range of contexts: it does concern both human expectations and artificial predictive systems, now intertwined in our digital societies. Anticipation Studies are a timely lens into our current techno-social era, allowing for a cross-fertilization of ideas, theoretical and practical models and collaborations. Luis de Miranda is orchestrating a dialogue not only between researchers at Örebro University — for example Prof. Lars Karlsson (Artificial Intelligence) and Prof Mats Deutschmann (Sociolinguistics) — but also at a national and international level, with already twenty world-leading scholars having accepted to visit Örebro in 2019 to work with CREA.

CREA (Cross-disciplinary Research on Effectual Anticipation) is part of Örebro University’s larger effort to promote multidisciplinary research in AI. A long-term research plan is currently being devised, in order not only to study and anticipate the social and human consequences of the current AI and robotics explosion, but also to map and develop more pluralistic and human-centred models. Luis de Miranda’s concept of “anthrobotic” systems, proposed in 2016 in a paper he co-authored with two computer scientists at the University of Edinburgh, has already been impactful via interviews solicited and published by mainstream international press, such as Robohub and Futurism.

The new field of AI-Humanities is strategically connected to Örebro University’s vision as a Knowledge- and Bildung-oriented environment favouring humane, plural and sustainable technologies and practices in which the society of tomorrow is thought and anticipated. Luis has also established a dialogue with Unesco, in collaboration with its Department Anticipatory Systems and its educational Futures Literacy program (lead by Riel Miller).

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Anticipating Anthrobotic Minds: The Integration of Analytical, Dialectical and Crealectical Intelligences

Unesco Headquarters Paris 14h15 – 29 October


“An understanding of effectual anticipations regarding the present and the future cannot ignore our “anthrobotic” interplays, emerging from our sociotechnical assemblages of humans and algorithms (de Miranda et al., 2016). If we are to avoid a self-inflicted technological determinism, it won’t be by ignoring the anthrobotic becoming of our nature, but by integrating it within our concerns about freedom, self-determination and agency, in perpetual need of creative regeneration (de Miranda, 2017). In this talk, I will focus less on where we look for the future and more on how we look for it, by proposing a minimal epistemology that distinguishes three complementary modes of understanding: analytical (with a focus on operations), dialectical (with a focus on tensions), crealectical (with a focus on creations). Within this triple synthetic framework, I will distinguish between strategies of unification, dynamics of reconciliation, and practices of regeneration. More concretely, and to take Unesco’s slogan seriously (“Building Peace in the Minds of Men and Women”), I will explain how my epistemological work is motivated by my practice of care as philosophical therapist (at The Philosophical Parlour, Stockholm).”

Luis de Miranda, Ram Rammamorthy and Michael Rovatsos (2016). “We, Anthrobot: Learning from Human Forms of Interaction and Esprit de Corps to Develop More Diverse Social Robotics”, in What Social Robots Can and Should do. Amsterdam: IOS Press, pp. 48-56.
Luis de Miranda (2017) “On the Concept of Creal: The Politico-Ethical Horizon of a Creative Absolute”, in The Dark Precursor: Deleuze and Artistic Research, ed. Paulo de Assis & Paolo Giudici. Louvain: Leuven University Press, pp. 510-516.