Further Experiments in the Evolution of Minimally Cognitive Behavior: From Perceiving Affordances to Selective Attention

In this paper, we extend previous work on the evolution of continuous-time recurrent neural networks for minimally cognitive behavior (the simplest behavior that
raises issues of genuine cognitive interest). Previously, we evolved dynamical “nervous systems” for orientation, reaching, and discrimination. Here we evolve
agents that can judge the passability of openings relative to their own body size, discriminate between visible parts of themselves and other objects in their
environment, predict and remember the future location of objects in order to catch them blind, and switch their attention between multiple distal objects.

Slocum, A.C., Downey, D.C. and Beer, R.D. (2000). Further experiments in the evolution of minimally cognitive behavior: From perceiving affordances to selective attention. In J. Meyer, A. Berthoz, D. Floreano, H. Roitblat and S. Wilson (Eds.), From Animals to Animats 6: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (pp. 430-439). MIT Press.


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