Defining Agency: individuality, asymmetry and normativity in action (November 10, 2009)
This talk was given a while ago, but for some reason, it seems this post was never published (I found it in the drafts folder). It ties some work together that may be relevant to you all, so here it is, included for completeness.
Talk at COGS seminar, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 10th November 2009, by Xabier Barandiaran (in collaboration with Ezequiel Di Paolo, Marieke Rohde, Matthew Egbert) (http://xabier.barandiaran.net). Recorded and edited by Nicholas Hockings (http://nickhockings.wordpress.com).
- Presentation (Quicktime video)
- Slides (as pdf) (as open office document)
- Life and Mind Blog discussion of original paper
Directly relevant Journal of Adaptive Behavior Special Issue on Agency papers:
- Xabier E. Barandiaran, Ezequiel Di Paolo, and Marieke Rohde Defining Agency: Individuality, Normativity, Asymmetry, and Spatio-temporality in Action: A conceptual paper that proposes a definition of agency that is based on Barandiaran & Di Paolo’s earlier work, with tight links to autopoietic theory.
- Matthew D. Egbert and Ezequiel Di Paolo Integrating Autopoiesis and Behavior: An Exploration in Computational Chemo-ethology: A simulation model (artificial chemistry) of a proto cell to combine autopoiesis and functional sensorimotor behaviour, investigating the transition from just autopoiesis to minimal agency.
Other relevant papers:
- Egbert, M., Di Paolo, E. A. and Barandiaran, X. (2009) Chemo-ethology of an Adaptive Protocell: Sensorless sensitivity to implicit viability conditions in Proceedings of the Tenth European Conference on Artificial Life, ECAL09, Budapest, September 13-16, 2009, Springer Verlag.