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).

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sensemaking emergence demonstration

Olivier L. Georgeon and James B. Marshall 2013. Demonstrating sensemaking emergence in artificial agents: A method and an example. International Journal of Machine Consciousness, 5(2), pp 131-144, doi: 10.1142/S1793843013500029.

This paper addresses the sensemaking demonstration problem : the problem of demonstrating that an agent gives meaning to or understands its experience. We present a methodology to produce empirical evidence to support or contradict the claim that an agent is capable of a rudimentary form of sensemaking, based on an analysis of the agent's behavior.

As an example, we report an analysis of Ernest's behavior in the Small Loop Problem and we conclude that Ernest is capable of a rudimentary form of sensemaking. This paper is an extended version of our previous paper presented at BICA2012.