Two talks by Gert Jan Hofstede in Copenhagen, 7 April
Tuesday 7 April at 20.00 at Byens Lys, Christiania: Evolution of culture: who’s in charge?
Gert Jan Hofstede works on modelling social behaviour, and is famous both for his work on social agents and his work on dimensions of culture together with his father, Geert Hofstede (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hofstede%27s_cultural_dimensions_theory).
Abstract for the first talk at DTU:
I will argue that logic in the customary sense is not the essential ingredient for social intelligence. We people use status-power thinking in a group-based relational world as the core mechanism driving our actions. If agents do not understand the status-power world they will be condemned to remain ‘idiot savants’.
How can agents acquire this kind of reasoning? We need 1) good, relevant theories from social science and/or biology, 2) an ontology of mid-range constructs that link these theories to the agent world, and 3) instantiations of constructs in the agent world. I’ll provide some examples.
· www.ecute.eu/traveller: a cross-cultural training tool in an agent world in which the agents have status-power reasoning and culture. It’s a slow prototype but it indicates the potential.
· www.semira.wur.nl: some links to conceptual articles based on the fact that the EU-wide smoking ban in bars worked out so differently across countries.
· www.gertjanhofstede.com: Gert Jan’s personal pages.
· From Autistic to Social Agents: A vision paper from AAMAS 1024 by Frank Dignum, Rui Prada and me.
Abstract for the second talk at Christiania: http://www.scienceandcocktails.org/2015/CulturalBiology.html