Hokkaido University
Center for Human Nature,
Artificial Intelligence,
and Neuroscience


Warping the Self: Active Inference, Social Media and Mental Health

日時 7/14(水) 16:30-18:00
場所 Zoomオンラインセミナー(要登録)
言語 英語
発表者 Mark Miller and Ben White
所属 CHAIN, Hokkaido University


Warping the Self: Active Inference, Social Media and Mental Health


Social media is implicated today in an array of mental health concerns. While concerns around social media have become mainstream, little is known about the specific cognitive mechanisms underlying the correlations seen in these studies, or why we find it so hard to stop engaging with these platforms when things obviously begin to deteriorate for us. New advances in computational neuroscience however are now poised to shed light on this matter. In this paper we approach the phenomenon of social media addiction through the lens of the Active Inference Framework (AIF). According to this framework, predictive agents like us use a ‘generative model’ of the world to predict our own incoming sense data, and act to minimize any discrepancy between the prediction and incoming signal (prediction error). In order to live well and be able to act effectively to minimize prediction error, it’s vital then that agents like us have a generative model which not only accurately reflects the regularities of our complex environment, but is also flexible and dynamic, able to stay accurate in volatile and turbulent circumstances. In this paper, we propose that social media and other so-called digital hyperstimulants are a spectacularly effective way of warping an agent’s generative model, and of arresting the model’s ability to flexibly track and adapt to changes in the environment.