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Morphological Computing and Cognitive Agency

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Proceedings, Volume 1, Issue 3 (August 2017)




Morphological computing, at its core, entails that the morphology (shape + material properties) of an agent (a living organism or a machine) enables and constrains its possible (physical and social) interactions with the environment as well as its development, including its growth and reconfiguration [1]. The role of such computation in cognitive systems includes the off-loading of control onto the body and its interaction with the environment thus enabling flexible and adaptive behavior [2–7]. In a more general sense, cognitive agency instantiated by the interaction processes of morphological structures in networks of networks of cognitive agents from cells to organisms and societies is a basis of understanding of embodiment of cognition on variety of levels of (self-)organisation of physical matter from its basic physical structures via chemistry and biology with life itself as cognitive process [1].


author = {Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic and Robert Lowe},
title = {Morphological Computing and Cognitive Agency},
volume = {1},
number = {3},
pages = {185--188},
month = {September},
year = {2017},
journal = {Proceedings, Volume 1, Issue 3 (August 2017) },
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