News on the limits of AI and alternatives

My university published an interview about my views on the limits of AI and what I think are better alternatives for technological development.

Here is a short video clip:


Latest issue of Adaptive Behavior!

The latest issue of Adaptive Behavior is out with a nice mix of content.

I picked the article by Julian Kiverstein and Erik Rietveld on “Reconceiving representation-hungry cognition: an ecological-enactive proposal” as my editor’s pick, so it’s available for free!

Interview on TV UNAM

Yesterday TV UNAM broadcast a conversation I had with Ezequiel Di Paolo during his recent visit to Mexico. It was shown in the context of a program called “Entrevistas (Im)posibles” and was entitled “Cerebro y Vida Artificial”.

The video of the interview is available online:

News about model of ancient Teotihuacan

A news report based on an interview I gave to Ciencia UNAM has been published on their web portal:

Santillán, M. L. (Feb. 23, 2015). Modelo matemático revela la organización política de Teotihuacán. Ciencia UNAM. Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Retrieved from

It describes the social network model we made about the collective government of ancient Teotihuacan, Mexico.

Our Teotihuacan social network research on TV

The interdisciplinary collaboration between two social systems modelers, Carlos Gershenson and I, and one of the most renowned archaeologists of Teotihuacan resulted in a first attempt to formally explore the possibilities of collective government of the ancient city:

Froese T, Gershenson C, Manzanilla LR (2014) Can Government Be Self-Organized? A Mathematical Model of the Collective Social Organization of Ancient Teotihuacan, Central Mexico. PLoS ONE 9(10): e109966. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0109966

The press release has been taken up by national Mexican TV. See the interviews here:

Hechos Meridiano (2014, Nov. 26). Los misterios de Teotihuacan [Television broadcast]. TV Azteca: Azteca Noticias. Retrieved from:

And here:

Creadores Universitarias (2014, Nov. 26). Arqueología matemática [Television broadcast]. Noticierios Televisa: FOROtv. Retrieved from:


Interviews on TV and radio

My research was recently featured on Mexican TV and radio:

FOROtv. (2014, August 22). Creadores Universitarios [TV broadcast]. Televisa. Retrieved from

Isita, R. (Host). (2014, August 24). Imagen en la ciencia. [Radio broadcast]. Mexico, DF: Imagen Radio 90.5 FM. Retrieved from

Conexión emocional: un fenómeno neuronal

UNAM has released an ad campaign about the values of innovation based on our research into embodied social interaction. The full page announcement has already appeared in the Mexican news magazines Impacto and Proceso.

Conexión emocional: un fenómeno neuronal. El Instituto de Investigaciones en Matemáticas Aplicadas y en Sistemas de la UNAM comprobó con un modelo computacional que la conexión emocional entre dos personas que se identifican efectiva, sentimental o socialmente, no es sólo una sensación, sino una interacción real entre ambos cerebros.

The Enactive Torch in the news

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have started testing the Enactive Torch for use by people who are visually impaired. Here are two reports:

Robinette, T. (2014, August 11). ‘Seeing’ through virtual touch is believing. University of Cincinnati News. Retrieved from

Rivas, A. (2014, August 11). Visually impaired will benefit from new infrared device: Enactive Torch helps the blind to ‘see’ without canes. Medical Daily. Retrieved from

Interview on Radio Formula

On the 28th of June I was invited to participate in the radio show “Ciencia hasta la Cocina” of Radio Formula to talk about my research on social interaction. Here is a recording of the show:

Figueroa, A. (Host). (2014, June 28). Ciencia hasta la Cocina. [Radio broadcast]. Mexico, DF: Radio Formula. Retrieved from

Report about my research in the Mexican national news

The robot model of interactional coupling was created in collaboration with David Rosenblueth and Carlos Gershenson. The psychological experiment of perceptual crossing was conducted in collaboration with Takashi Ikegami and Hiro Iizuka.

Azteca Noticias. (2014, June 25). Estudio científico logra sincronizar cerebros [Video file]. Retrieved from

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