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Self-Understanding and Self-Extension: A Systems and Representational Approach

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15 Author(s)
Wyatt, J.L. ; Sch. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK ; Aydemir, A. ; Brenner, M. ; Hanheide, M.
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There are many different approaches to building a system that can engage in autonomous mental development. In this paper, we present an approach based on what we term self-understanding, by which we mean the explicit representation of and reasoning about what a system does and does not know, and how that knowledge changes under action. We present an architecture and a set of representations used in two robot systems that exhibit a limited degree of autonomous mental development, which we term self-extension. The contributions include: representations of gaps and uncertainty for specific kinds of knowledge, and a goal management and planning system for setting and achieving learning goals.

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Autonomous Mental Development, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 4 )