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Autonomy: a review and a reappraisal

Froese, Mr Tom and Virgo, Mr Nathaniel and Izquierdo, Mr Eduardo (2007) Autonomy: a review and a reappraisal. [Conference Paper]

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Abstract

In the field of artificial life there is no agreement on what defines ‘autonomy’. This makes it difficult to measure progress made towards understanding as well as engineering autonomous systems. Here, we review the diversity of approaches and categorize them by introducing a conceptual distinction between behavioral and constitutive autonomy. Differences in the autonomy of artificial and biological agents tend to be marginalized for the former and treated as absolute for the latter. We argue that with this distinction the apparent opposition can be resolved.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:autonomy, artificial life, life, autopoiesis
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Computer Science > Dynamical Systems
Biology > Theoretical Biology
Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
ID Code:5779
Deposited By:Froese, Mr Tom
Deposited On:22 Oct 2007 11:40
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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