Offloaded Agency

What is Agency? In communication, the "agency" felt by the other party can be created by the media. Agency" here refers to a vital presence that accompanies an autonomous agent, and is something that can be perceived as intentional and oriented. The Perceptual Crossing experiment with Tom Froese et al. was to investigate the mechanism of creating agency.

The research with Kojima, Dominique, Oka, and others analyzes what kind of media makes us feel reality in conversations with others.

The essence of this reality lies in the richness of information and, at the same time, in the parallelism and asynchronicity of events. We developed a software called TypeTrace, which we believe proved this point to some extent.

The project is now moving toward the development of a new metaverse.

cf. See also the project Homeostasis

Hiroki Kojima, Dominique Chen, Mizuki Oka and Takashi Ikegami. Analysis and Design of Social Presence in a Computer-Mediated Communication System Frontiers in Psychology, Human-Media Interaction,Front. Psychol., 24 May 2021

Hiroki Kojima, Tom Froese, Mizuki Oka, Hiroyuki Iizuka, Takashi Ikegami: A Sensorimotor Signature of the Transition to Conscious Social Perception: Co-regulation of Active and Passive Touch, Frontiers in Psychology, 8.01778, 2017.

Takashi Ikegami, Mizuki Oka: Massive Data Flows: Self-organization of energy, material, and information flows. 6th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence ICAART 2014, pp. 237-242, 2014.

Tom Froese, Hiroyuki Iizuka, Takashi Ikegami: Using minimal human-computer interfaces for studying the interactive development of social awareness, Frontier. Psychol., 5 (1061), 2014.

Eiko Matsuda, Julien Hubert, Takashi Ikegami: A Robotic Approach to Understanding the Role and the Mechanism of Vicarious Trial-And-Error in a T-Maze Task , PLoS ONE, 9(7): e102708, 2014.

Tom Froese, Hiroyuki Iizuka and Takashi Ikegami: Embodied social interaction constitutes social cognition in pairs of humans: A minimalist virtual reality experiment , Scientific Report. Vol. 4, No. 3672