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The role of regulation in the origin and synthetic modelling of minimal cognition

Bich, Leonardo and Moreno, Alvaro (2015) The role of regulation in the origin and synthetic modelling of minimal cognition. BioSystems.

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In this paper we address the question of minimal cognition by investigating the origin of some crucial cognitive properties from the very basic organisation of biological systems. More specifically, we propose a theoretical model of how a system can distinguish between specific features of its interaction with the environment, which is a fundamental requirement for the emergence of minimal forms of cognition. We argue that the appearance of this capacity is grounded in the molecular domain, and originates from basic mechanisms of biological regulation. In doing so, our aim is to provide a theoretical account that can also work as a possible conceptual bridge between Synthetic Biology and Artificial Intelligence. In fact, we argue, Synthetic Biology can contribute to the study of minimal cognition (and therefore to a minimal AI), by providing a privileged approach to the study of these mechanisms by means of artificial systems.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Bich, Leonardoleonardo.bich@ehu.es
Moreno, Alvaro
Keywords: minimal cognition; regulation; stability; biological autonomy; normativity; Synthetic Biology
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Depositing User: Dr. Leonardo Bich
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2015 15:42
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2015 15:42
Item ID: 11699
Journal or Publication Title: BioSystems
Publisher: Elsevier
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystems.2015.08.002
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Date: September 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11699

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