Beyond inter-agent coordination, embodied AI must also interact with humans. These interactions
are facilitated in centaur syzygies, or close unions, where a player and an agent are tightly
coupled together. Like CogNets, human and AI learn to distribute tasks according to capability
and communicate across sensorium differentials.
A common paradigm on Vivarium sees players control an agent through remote sensing and top-down
instruction. Within toy worlds, which allow flexible iteration yet maintain safety, humans trial
offloading sensing, cognition, and labor to AI. If the future is populated by physicalized AI,
humans must decide en masse the terms of their coexistence.
In all centaur pairings, the human offers dynamic yet noisy real-time input. Particular worlds
invert expected paradigms of human executive control by granting the agent powerful sensing and
decision-making faculties, reducing the human to physical appendage. In others, the pairing
shares an interface such as a machinic exoskeleton and negotiates shared control over it.