Riccardo Manzotti, Flavio Mutti

Naturalizing agentive self-awareness: theoretical and robotic issues

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Keywords: Consciousness; Bioinspired Robotics; Agent; Externalism; Talamo-cortex.

What is an agent? What are the essential features that differentiate an agent from other biological and artificial systems? In this paper, we flesh out a series of theoretical obstacles that hamper the naturalization of agentive self-awareness - for one, the use of covert mentalistic notions like action. To overcome these issues, a set of possible solutions is taken into consideration: a cognitive intermediate level, development and situatedness, externalism, intrinsic motivations, and bio-inspired talamo-cortical models. Eventually, a robotic architecture based on such approaches is briefly described and discussed.

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