Predictive processing: does it compute?

Thornton, Chris (2020) Predictive processing: does it compute? In: Mendonça, Dina, Curado, Manuel and Gouveia, Steven S (eds.) The philosophy and science of predictive processing. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781350099753

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In what is called the predictive processing framework, the brain is viewed as a multi-layered prediction engine, whose task is to anticipate incoming flows of sensory information. Each layer of the engine is seen to express a generative model, in an arrangement that involves higher layers sending predictions to lower layers, and lower layers passing prediction errors upward. Minimizing these errors is assumed to turn the structure into a largely veridical model of the world. The scheme is advocated as a way of explaining processing in the brain. But what is its status from the computational point of view? What calculations are implied? Over what data do they operate? What effects are achieved? This paper considers predictive processing from a computational/engineering perspective, and identifies a number of technical problems in the scheme. How these can be eliminated is also considered.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Cognitive Science
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Depositing User: Chris Thornton
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2019 10:17
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2021 11:07

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