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The Embodied Self: Theories, Hunches and Robot Models

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Abstract:

Many theories and models of machine consciousness emphasize the role of embodiment. However, there are different interpretations of exactly what kind of embodiment would be required for an artifact to be at least potentially conscious. This paper contrasts the sensorimotor approach, which holds that consciousness emerges from the mastery of sensorimotor knowledge resulting from the interaction between agent and environment, with the view that the living body's homeostatic regulation is crucial to self and consciousness.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: chool of Humanities & Informatics, University of Skövde, Sweden, Email: tom.ziemke@his.se

Publication date: 2007-01-01

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