Natalie Kastel, Guillaume Dumas
Active Inference
Publication year: 2023

While the underlying dynamics of active inference communication and cumulative culture have already been formalized, the emergence of novel cultural information from these dynamics has not yet been understood. In this paper, we apply an active Inference framework, informed by genetic speciation, to the emergence of innovation from a population of communicating agents in a cumulative culture. Our model is premised on the idea that innovation emerges from accumulated cultural information when a collective group of agents agree on the legitimacy of an alternative belief to the existing (or- status quo) belief.

Keywords: Active inference, Innovation, Communication, Cumulative culture, Cultural dynamics

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