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Exploring the evolution of human-machine interaction from a “machine behaviour” perspective

May 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


(How) Might intelligent machines influence the trajectory of cultural evolution? My seminar talk will map out a theoretical framework that we have developed to explore this conundrum and highlight how it guides our experimental work. Exemplifying our approach, I will present an experimental study in which we corroborated theoretical conjectures and anecdotal evidence for humans learning and preserving an adaptive strategy from machines that would be practically inconceivable for humans on their own. I look forward to discussing ways in which our methodological framework could be leveraged to address questions of interest to CSIRO’s Data61 , for instance to inform the intentional design of intelligent machines.


Anne-Marie Nussberger is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Humans and Machines, Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Her research combines approaches from psychology, behavioural economics, and cultural evolution to understand how intelligent machines influence human beliefs, values, and behaviour.