The Altricial-Precocial Spectrum for Robots

Aaron Sloman, Jackie Chappell

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Several high level methodological debates among AI researchers, linguists, psychologists and philosophers, appear to be endless, e.g. about the need for and nature of representations, about the role of symbolic processes, about
embodiment, about situatedness, about whether symbol-grounding is needed, and about whether a robot needs any knowledge at birth or can start simply with a powerful learning mechanism. Consideration of the variety of capabilities and
development patterns on the precocial-altricial spectrum in biological organisms will help us to see these debates in a new light.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
Event19th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (Ijcai-05) -
Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …


Conference19th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (Ijcai-05)
Period1/01/05 → …


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