Keep coming back to this piece as an examplar of the theme of 'what will happen if we don't make any real changes'. . .

A brief recap of this week’s Saturday Morning Neurosim (FEB 27), presented by Orthogonal Research & Education Laboratory

Emergent Interaction Workshop on OREL’s GitHub - Proposals

We began with a Slack review, and then a look at our forthcoming deadlines. Congratulations are in order for many in the lab: the Ethics Team and their acceptance to NYCWiC ’21; and Bradly Alicea, Anson, Daniella, and Jesse Parent for their ACM CHI Workshop on Emergent Interaction acceptance on Allostasis Machines. Revised abstract & authorship was sent to NYCWiC on Monday.

There are a number of deadlines and submissions at hand, including ALIFE 2021, CSV Data Conference, the International Workshop on Embodied Intelligence, and the potential of several lab members contributing to Princeton Envision 2021.

Outside of manuscript…

A brief recap of this week’s Saturday Morning NeuroSim (FEB 13), presented by Orthogonal Research & Education Laboratory

Some Guy Named Darwin

See Previous Meeting’s Recap here

This week, we had a brief recap on the Ethics & Society Team’s efforts from Jesse Parent, followed up by a few presentations from Bradly Alicea.

Bradly compiled a list of updates related to OREL and our general interests for a ceremonial post in honor of Darwin Day:

For this year’s Darwin Day post, I will highlight a number of items I have recently run across on Twitter. Some of these have been retweeted on the Orthogonal Research and Education Lab Twitter feed, other materials are related to discussions in our research group meetings.


Progress report on our upcoming presentation — Towards a Sufficient Unified Ethical Frameworks for AI: Challenges & Opportunities

A quick update about our current state of the project: beginning to flesh out the 20 minute presentation, and potentially compiling our work into a manuscript

Jesse Parent here from Orthogonal Research & Education Laboratory, with an overview of our work and submitted presentation to New York Celebration of Women in Computing ’21: “Towards a Sufficient Unified Ethical Frameworks for AI: Challenges & Opportunities”

In this video, I review the current state of the project, including the potential development into a manuscript. I also quickly review an article connecting some of the philosophy behind AI Ethics via Wiener’s views, as…

A brief recap of this week’s Saturday Morning Neurosim (FEB 6), presented by Orthogonal Research & Education Laboratory

ACM & ACM-W: New York Celebration of Women in Computing —

This week, Jesse Parent opened with a discussion about AI Ethics, including ethical frameworks and the inherent interdisciplinary reality and urgency around technology, ethics, and society. We considered the significance of exposure to these topics even if we are not experts therein ourselves (The PBS Wishbone Analogy), and how cross-expertise collaboration and exploration can help map or prospect holistic perspectives, affording valuable vantage points.

This served as suitable background for the Technology & Society Team’s Research Talk submission to New York Celebration of Women in Computing, with the working title “Towards a Sufficient Unified Ethical Frameworks for AI: Challenges &…

Social causes and inclusivity are continuing to be normalized at major tech conferences, and NeurIPS was no exception this year.

Resistance.AI Workshop Homepage

Fresh off of front-page news in tech-ethics with the controversial set of events surrounding renowned ethical leader Timnit Gebru from Google’s ethical AI team, the annual AI & Computer Science mega-conference Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) would take place. 2020 in America had already seen significant social discontent following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police and subsequent protests and legislative reform efforts.

NeurIPS provided several platforms upon which to engage the nexus of technology and society — while listing all workshops below (See NeurIPS schedule), I would particularly not the culmination of these efforts into what would…

Join Orthogonal Research & Education’s Bradly Alicea for an exploration of the role of the observer when interpreting models.

An upcoming talk on Observer-Dependent Models with Orthogonal Research and Education Lab (OREL) Head Scientist Bradly Alicea at the Philosophers Web Cafe will stream virtually on Friday, December 11th. The meeting will begin at UTC 4PM, EST 11AM.

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Moderated by OREL’s Jesse Parent, this talk reflects on the role of the observer in computational modeling, while considering its influence on causality and interpretation of results.

About The Philosopher’s Web Cafe

Managed by Charlotte Guo, this webinar and discussion series aims at creating an accessible and interactive format for philosophy, and in particular, interdisciplinary research.

OREL’s Saturday Morning NeuroSim for December 5, 2020

From Orthogonal Research and Education Laboratory: Saturday Morning NeuroSim

This week’s meeting centered around the Montreal Artificial Intelligence & Neuroscience conference (MAIN 2020), which hosted several talks concerning the interdisciplinary nexus that is studying natural and artificial intelligence together. We also discussed our upcoming writings— with plans for future posts about events and involvements. We will be reviewing project ideas and a Call for Proposals & Calls for Involvement on several topical areas for 2021 with our major teams, including adding on to previously active projects in virtual reality, complexity & feedback, cognitive models, philosophy & society, and agent-based modeling. …

Saturday Morning NeuroSim for November 28, 2020

This week on OREL’s Saturday Morning NeuroSim

We visit with new and returning members; recap previous thoughts on Developmental AI themes in the lab; get an update on Anson’s project, Jesse unveils structural updates from the Cognition Futures team, and continue our journal club. We also discuss a critique of Daniel Dennet’s commentary McCulloch-Pitts nets with regard to “Learning”, and continue to update lab note taking strategies and “deploy or die” implementations to knowledge creation.


The upcoming talk with PI & Head Scientist Bradly Alicea at the Philosophers Web Cafe will stream virtually on Friday, December 11th (Link Forthcoming). …

Building capacity for others is our human superpower in this era of unprecedented pressure and distraction. Being mindful of various trajectories of influence and development, we’ll need our full potential to face the challenges of the 21st century.

If you had the means to contribute significantly (whether monetarily or by devoting time or any other resources) to just one specific cause anywhere in the world, what would it be and why, and how would you contribute to it? This has been in my “things to articulate” file for some time, but when a friend proposed this question, I had my outlet.

So often these questions focus on a singular technology, or one issue to hit with a magic bullet that will unlock the future we want. There are countless problems with numerous layers, thus our best bet is…

Jesse Parent

Assistant Scientist + Lab Manager @ Orthogonal Research & Education Lab. Cognition Futures team lead.

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