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The self as embedded agent

Dobbyn, Chris and Stuart, Susan (2003). The self as embedded agent. Minds and Machines, 13(2) pp. 187–201.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1022997315561
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Abstract

In this paper we consider the concept of a self-aware agent. In cognitive science agents are seen as embodied and interactively situated in worlds. We analyse the meanings attached to these terms in cognitive science and robotics, proposing a set of conditions for situatedness and embodiment, and examine the claim that internal representational schemas are largely unnecessary for intelligent behaviour in animats. We maintain that current situated and embodied animats cannot be ascribed even minimal self-awareness, and offer a six point definition of embeddedness, constituting minimal conditions for the evolution of a sense of self. This leads to further analysis of the nature of embodiment and situatedness, and a consideration of whether virtual animats in virtual worlds could count as situated and embodied. We propose that self-aware agents must possess complex structures of self-directed goals; multi-modal sensory systems and a rich repertoire of interactions with their worlds. Finally, we argue that embedded agents will possess or evolve local co-ordinate systems, or points of view, relative to their current positions in space and time, and have a capacity to develop an egocentric space. None of these capabilities are possible without powerful internal representational capacities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2003 Kluwer Academic Publishers
ISSN: 1572-8641
Keywords: agent; embedded; embodied; representation; situated
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 26118
Depositing User: Chris Dobbyn
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2011 13:09
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2014 10:17
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/26118
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