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Enactivism and Robotic Language Acquisition: A Report from the Frontier

Adaptive Systems Research Group, School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB, UK
Current Address: College Lane, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL10 9AB, UK.
Philosophies 2019, 4(1), 11; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies4010011
Received: 17 January 2019 / Revised: 26 February 2019 / Accepted: 1 March 2019 / Published: 7 March 2019
In this article, I assess an existing language acquisition architecture, which was deployed in linguistically unconstrained human–robot interaction, together with experimental design decisions with regard to their enactivist credentials. Despite initial scepticism with respect to enactivism’s applicability to the social domain, the introduction of the notion of participatory sense-making in the more recent enactive literature extends the framework’s reach to encompass this domain. With some exceptions, both our architecture and form of experimentation appear to be largely compatible with enactivist tenets. I analyse the architecture and design decisions along the five enactivist core themes of autonomy, embodiment, emergence, sense-making, and experience, and discuss the role of affect due to its central role within our acquisition experiments. In conclusion, I join some enactivists in demanding that interaction is taken seriously as an irreducible and independent subject of scientific investigation, and go further by hypothesising its potential value to machine learning. View Full-Text
Keywords: AI robotics; enactivism; language acquisition; human–robot interaction; developmental robotics AI robotics; enactivism; language acquisition; human–robot interaction; developmental robotics
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Förster, F. Enactivism and Robotic Language Acquisition: A Report from the Frontier. Philosophies 2019, 4, 11.

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