Bootstrapping cognition from behavior –- A computerized thought experiment

Möller R, Schenck W (2008)
Cognitive Science 32(3): 504-542.

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We show that simple perceptual competences can emerge from an internal simulation of action effects and are thus grounded in behavior. A simulated agent learns to distinguish between dead ends and corridors without the necessity to represent these concepts in the sensory domain. Initially, the agent is only endowed with a simple value system and the means to extract low-level features from an image. In the interaction with the environment, it acquires a visuo-tactile forward model that allows the agent to predict how the visual input is changing under its movements, and whether movements will lead to a collision. From short-term predictions based on the forward model, the agent learns an inverse model. The inverse model in turn produces suggestions about which actions should be simulated in long-term predictions, and long-term predictions eventually give rise to the perceptual ability.
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Möller R, Schenck W. Bootstrapping cognition from behavior –- A computerized thought experiment. Cognitive Science. 2008;32(3):504-542.
Möller, R., & Schenck, W. (2008). Bootstrapping cognition from behavior –- A computerized thought experiment. Cognitive Science, 32(3), 504-542.
Möller, R., and Schenck, W. (2008). Bootstrapping cognition from behavior –- A computerized thought experiment. Cognitive Science 32, 504-542.
Möller, R., & Schenck, W., 2008. Bootstrapping cognition from behavior –- A computerized thought experiment. Cognitive Science, 32(3), p 504-542.
R. Möller and W. Schenck, “Bootstrapping cognition from behavior –- A computerized thought experiment”, Cognitive Science, vol. 32, 2008, pp. 504-542.
Möller, R., Schenck, W.: Bootstrapping cognition from behavior –- A computerized thought experiment. Cognitive Science. 32, 504-542 (2008).
Möller, Ralf, and Schenck, Wolfram. “Bootstrapping cognition from behavior –- A computerized thought experiment”. Cognitive Science 32.3 (2008): 504-542.
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