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BPhil. MPhil. MSc. DPhil

Hi, welcome to my website! I am researcher and Lecturer of Philosophy of AI at Macquarie University. My work focuses on cognition and artificial intelligence, by combining and developing theories and methods from E-Cognitive Science and Complexity.

I am also an Ethicist of AI at Verses and a Co-PI at the project Designing Urban Density. Neurourbanism as a Novel Approach in Global Health“ (Berlin University Alliance).

I am the co-founder and vice-president of the International Society of the Philosophy of the Sciences of the Mind; and the host of the podcast The PhilospHER’s Way, a catalyst for intellectual transformation, challenging a dominant way of philosophical thinking.

I have also served as an elected member of two committees at the Australasian Association of Philosophy, namely, the Women in Philosophy Committee and the Committee in Diversity and Inclusivity (2017-2020)

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Hipólito, I., (2023) Computational Modelling: Language Game of Situated Cultural Practice.(under review / preprint)

Hipólito, I., (2023) The Human Roots of Artificial Intelligence Philosophy of the East and West (in press)

Hipólito, I., van Geert, P. & Pessoa, L. (2023) Mind as Motion: Patterns from Psychology to Neurobiology (under review / preprint)

Beckmann P., Köstner, G & Hipólito, I. (2023) Rejecting Cognitivism: Computational Phenomenology for Deep Learning (in Minds and Machines / in press)

Torbjørnsen, R. R. Hipólito, I., (2023). Widening the Screen: Embodied Cognition and Audiovisual Online Social Interaction in the Digital Age. (under review / preprint)

Montgomery, C., & Hipólito‬, ‪. (2023). Resurrecting Gaia: Harnessing the Free Energy Principle to Preserve Life as We Know It. (in press)

Hipólito, I., Winkle, K., Merete L. (2023). Enactive Artificial Intelligence: Subverting Gender Norms in Robot-Human Interaction In Frontiers in Neurorobotics.Topical Collection Women in Robotics. (in press)

Hipólito, I.(under review). Markov Blankets for Neural Reuse.(under review / preprint)

White, B., & Hipólito‬, I‪. (2023). Preventive Mental Health Care: A Complex Systems Framework for Ambient Smart Environments. (under review / preprint)

Hipólito, I., Kirchhoff, M. (2023) Breaking boundaries: The Bayesian Brain Hypothesis for perception and prediction. In Consciousness and Cognition.

Chinchella, N. & Hipólito, I. (2023). Substance Addiction: Cure or Care? Phenomenology and Cognitive Science.

Hipólito‬, ‪., & Hesp, C. (2023/in press). On religious practices as multiscale active inference: Certainties emerging from recurrent interactions within and across individuals and groups. in Vinten, R. (ed.) Wittgenstein and the cognitive science of religion. Bloomsbury Press.

​Hipólito, I. Mago, J. Rosas, F., Carhart-Harris, R. (In press/2023). Pattern Breaking: A Complex Systems Approach to Psychedelic Medicine (in press Neuroscience of Consciousness).


​​ Van Es, T. & Hipólito, I. (2022). Co-constructing Markov blankets: tricky solutions. In Physics of Life Reviews.

​Hesp, C. ​Hipólito, I. (2022). Living on the Edge – Practical Information Geometry for Studying the Emergence and Propagation of Life Forms. Physics of Life Reviews.

​Hutto, D. & Hipólito, I. (2023/in press). Updating Our Theories of Perceiving: From Predictive Processing to Radical Enactivism. in Robert French & Berit Brogaard (eds.) The Roles of Representations in Visual Perception. Springer.

Hipólito, I. and Van Es, T. (2022). Enactive-dynamic Social Cognition and Active Inference. Frontiers in Psychology. Topical Collection Distributed and Embodied Cognition in Scientific Contexts

Hipólito, I. and Van Es, T. (2022). Free Energy Pragmatics: Markov blankets don’t prescribe objective ontology, and that’s okay. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Hipólito, I. (2022). Cognition without Neural Representation: Dynamics of a Complex System. Frontiers in Psychology, 5472.

Safron, A., Kimaj, Hipólito, I. (2022). On the importance of being flexible: dynamic brain networks and their potential functional significances. In Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience.


Gallagher, S., Hutto, D. & Hipólito, I. (2021). Predictive processing and some disillusions about illusions. Review of Philosophy and Psychology

Clowes, R., and Gaertner, K., Hipólito, I. (2021). The Mind-Technology problem and the deep history of mind design. In Clowes, R., and Gaertner, K., Hipólito, I. (eds.) The Mind-Technology Problem - Investigating Minds, Selves and 21st Century Artifacts. Studies in Brain and Mind Springer International Publishing.

Hipólito, I. Ramstead, M., Convertino, L., Bhat, A. Friston, K. Parr, T. (2021). Markov Blankets in the Brain. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.

Hipólito, I. Baltieri, M., Friston, K. Ramstead, M., (2021). Embodied Skill: Where the Action Is. Synthese.

Hipólito, I., Ramstead, M., Constant, A., & Friston, K. (2021). Cognition coming about: self-organisation and free-energy. Physics of Life Reviews.

Friston, K., Zeidman, P., Fagerholm, E., Zarghami, T., Parr, T., Hipólito, I., Magrou, L. & Razi, A. (2021) Parcels and particles: Markov blankets in the brain. Network Neuroscience.


Ramstead, M., Friston, K. Hipólito, I., (2020) Is the free-energy principle a formal theory of semantics? From variational density dynamics to neural and phenotypic representations. Entropy 22, 889.

Hipólito, I. Hutto, D., Chown, N. (2020) Understanding Autistic Individuals: Cognitive Diversity not Theoretical Deficit. in Neurodiversity Studies: A New Critical Paradigm. Routledge.

Hutto, D., Gallagher, S., and Ilundain-Agurruza, J. Hipólito, I. (2020). Culture in Mind - An Enactivist Account: Not Cognitive Penetration But Cultural Permeation.In L. J. Kirmayer, S. Kitayama, C. M. Worthman, R. Lemelson, & C. A. Cummings (Eds.), Culture, mind, and brain: Emerging concepts, models, applications. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Hipólito, I. (2019) A Simple Theory of Every 'Thing'. Physics of Life Reviews.

Hipólito, I., Kahle, R. (2019). The notion of ‘simple proof’. Philosophical Transactions. The Royal Society Publishing.

Hipólito, I., (2019) Perception is not always and everywhere inferential. Australasian Philosophical Review. 3(1)

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Cognitive Systems on the Edge of Chaos

I am fascinated by the complexity of living systems and how they defy the odds to adapt and thrive in a continuously changing environment: against all odds, cognitive systems adapt on the edge of chaos.

I conceive of Edge Cognition as an emergent property from an embodied agent's enactive interactions with its environment. Although all cognitive agents share basic forms of cognition, humans, in particular, possess the ability to develop symbolic skills that enable them to engage and adapt to their surroundings with greater skill and finesse.

Augmented cognition

Exploring the Emergence and Impact of Augmented Cognition through Edge Cognition

Can cognition be truly augmented, or is it merely modified or extended by technological interventions? This raises questions about the nature of cognition itself, including its limitations, potentialities as agents interact with their environment: how does augmented forms of cognition emerge from human cognitive sophistication, and, in turn, how does augmented cognition affect the human species, sociocultural dynamics, individuals, and the natural world?

My vision is to to use Edge Cognition to understand the potential of Augmented Cognition as a tool for positive behavioral change, preventive mental health, and psychopathology intervention.

By understanding the relationship between cognition and technology, we can create sustainable and positive AI design and implementation that benefits society. We can use this technology to empower individuals, enhance our collective well-being, and make a positive impact on the world.

ines hipolito

Inês Hipólito (BPhil, MPhil, MSc, DPhil) has her work featured in numerous highly regarded journals, and she has contributed to several significant collections as a co-editor. Her excellence in research has been recognized with research awards, including the prestigious Talent Grant from the University of Amsterdam in 2021.

After her PhD, Inês took a postdoctoral and lecturer position at the distinguished Berlin School of Mind and Brain and the Philosophy Department at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin. Inês now has taken a permanent Lecturer of Philosophy of AI at Macquarie University, where her research focuses on cognitive development and exploring how augmented forms of cognition (AI) both shape and are shaped by the sociocultural environment.

Inês is an Ethicist of AI at Verses. She is also a co-PI a consortium porject "Exploring and Designing Urban Density. Neurourbanism as a Novel Approach in Global Health" funded by the Berlin University Alliance.

Beyond her research, she is also a co-founder and vice-president of the thriving International Society for the Philosophy of the Sciences of the Mind, which is a growing community with over 600 members. Inês also served as an elected member of the Women in Philosophy Committee and the Committee in Diversity and Inclusivity at the Australasian Association of Philosophy from 2017 to 2020.

Inês is also and the host of the podcast The PhilospHER’s Way, a catalyst for intellectual transformation, challenging a dominant way of philosophical thinking.

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