ISSN : 1796-203X
Volume : 1    Issue : 6    Date : September 2006

The Emergence of Autonomous Representations in Artificial Agents
Argyris Arnellos, Spyros Vosinakis, Thomas Spyrou and John Darzentas
Page(s): 29-36
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Representational autonomy is a key property of an artificial agent. The type of representational
structures and the role they play in the preservation of an agent’s autonomy are pointed out. The
limitations of the traditional cognitivist approach and of the embodied intelligent approach to support
such representational structures are described and indicated. A framework of self-organising
Peircean semiotic processes is introduced and it is then applied to demonstrate the emergence of
autonomous representations in an artificial agent interacting with the environment.

Index Terms
representation, autonomy, self-organisation, Peircean semiotics, emergence, agent.