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, November 10, 2011

Ernest 10.4

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Ernest 10.4 has an improved local-space memory and an improved bundle construction mechanism (see our discussion on bundles here).

On step 188, there is no more fish within the range of Ernest's vision nor within its tactile perception, but Ernest is still aware of the presence of a fish behind him. His local-space awareness makes him turn back towards that fish.

Note that Ernest's spatial awareness is still local: when he is in the lower part of the board, he is unaware of the presence of fish in the upper part of the board.

(Video also available on YouTube)

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