This project explores the various ways in which social machines are relevant to the development of machine-based cognitive capabilities. This includes the idea that the Internet provides an important form of cognitive contact with the human social environment - one that provides a rich range of learning and socialisation opportunities. This work dovetails with work in developmental psychology and cognitive robotics.
A second aspect of this project relates to the notion of human-extended machine cognition. This is a new concept in the philosophy of mind that maintains that the human social environment can form part of the material fabric that realises certain kinds of machine-based cognising. The notion of human-extended machine cognition is important, as social machines support the possibility for human individuals to be part of the extended realisation base for advanced forms of machine intelligence.