Olivier Georgeon's research blog—also known as the story of little Ernest, the developmental agent.

Keywords: situated cognition, constructivist learning, intrinsic motivation, bottom-up self-programming, individuation, theory of enaction, developmental learning, artificial sense-making, biologically inspired cognitive architectures, agnostic agents (without ontological assumptions about the environment).

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Poor Ernest

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So, let's put Ernest in an environment a bit more complex. Now, to get Yees, one must make alternatively A and B. That requires to add some "intelligence" in the environment as well.
Of course, it is catastrophic. Poor Ernest only has a one-round memory and has no capacity to recognize AB regularities.
If the problem of cognition is to find one's happiness by exploiting the environment's regularities, then there is still a big deal of work for Ernest...

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