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1.5 Ontological Cybernetics; methodologies to support self-developing reflexive-active societies

  We need designing mechanisms to achieve social coherence and integrity in the current problems of humanity and societies. Subjects’ contributions towards...

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  We need designing mechanisms to achieve social coherence and integrity in the current problems of humanity and societies. Subjects’ contributions towards their better future are necessary in this designs. Communication technologies and in particular artificial intelligence, are contributing towards dealing with these problematic situations, in particular with problems of sustainability in a rapidly changing world. We believe that solutions to these problems require systems of ontologies which depend on the existence of natural and artificial active elements. These considerations allow us to speak about ontological cybernetics, in which basic systems of ontologies are proposed and pursued. We invite particular attention to the ontologies of S. Beer's complexity management models, in particular his Viable System Model  and the extension of this model, as proposed by R. Espejo’s Viplan Methodology, as well as by V. Lepskiy´s cybernetic models of self-developing reflexive- active societies.

  How do we make more transparent key  mechanisms for social responsibility in the context of self-developing reflexive-active environments.

  In  WOSC 2021 we invite for epistemological and methodological clarifications of social responsibility, based on modern philosophy of science and different epistemological stances, which include considerations for social values, worldview principles, multiple viewpoints and subject-oriented information and communication platforms. We invite contributions towards overcoming abuses of power in current socio-economic and environmental developments. People need effective governance mechanisms and look for methodologies to ensure interactions of stakeholders towards creating, regulating and implementing societal problem solving. All this through a more humane use of AI and digital technology.

  Ontological cybernetics uses the “subject/ meta-subject” paradigm. Subjects create, regulate and implement their individual, organizational and social tasks as they interact with each other in their environmental spaces for action, at the same time that they are constrained by metasystemic contexts, which provide wider innovative, technological, ethical, historical and other factors shaping culturally  their spaces for action and development, beyond their interactive capabilities. These are the platforms of subject-metasubject relationships.

  Ontological cybernetics highlights recursive, invariant organizational structures as a complexity enhancement management approach for social subjects. While the meanings of social interactions between organizational and environmental subjects are about the adaptation and implementation of their tasks, the meanings of belonging to a larger metasystemic context are about social responsibility in self-developing reflexive-active environments (within social constrains).  It is different to interact with environmental subjects than to be part of a larger context.

  In this section we invite proposals that clarify these distinctions; in other words we invite contributions to discuss the rationale for developing cybernetic ontologies.

Discussion points

•    Philosophical and methodological foundations and principles of creating new paradigms and ontologies of cybernetics
•    Requirements for ontologies of joint existence of carriers of natural and artificial intelligence.
•    Ontologies of S. Beer's Viable System Model and R. Espejo’s Viplan Methodology.
•    Ontologies of V. Lepskiy’s self-developing reflexive-active environments.
•    Promising directions of ontological cybernetics.


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