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Cognition from the bottom up: on biological inspiration, body morphology, and soft materials.

Pfeifer, R and Iida, F and Lungarella, M (2014) Cognition from the bottom up: on biological inspiration, body morphology, and soft materials. Trends Cogn Sci, 18. pp. 404-413.

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Abstract

Traditionally, in cognitive science the emphasis is on studying cognition from a computational point of view. Studies in biologically inspired robotics and embodied intelligence, however, provide strong evidence that cognition cannot be analyzed and understood by looking at computational processes alone, but that physical system-environment interaction needs to be taken into account. In this opinion article, we review recent progress in cognitive developmental science and robotics, and expand the notion of embodiment to include soft materials and body morphology in the big picture. We argue that we need to build our understanding of cognition from the bottom up; that is, all the way from how our body is physically constructed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: bio-inspired soft robotics developmental sciences and robotics embodied intelligence morphological computation Animals Artificial Intelligence Brain Brain-Computer Interfaces Cognition Humans Mind-Body Relations, Metaphysical Models, Biological Perception Robotics Software
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div F > Machine Intelligence
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 20:01
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2017 01:47
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