Keep Your Options Open: An Information-Based Driving Principle for Sensorimotor Systems

A.S. Klyubin, D. Polani, C.L. Nehaniv

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Abstract

The central resource processed by the sensorimotor system of an organism is information. We propose an information-based quantity that allows one to characterize the efficiency of the perception-action loop of an abstract organism model. It measures the potential of the organism to imprint information on the environment via its actuators in a way that can be recaptured by its sensors, essentially quantifying the options available and visible to the organism. Various scenarios suggest that such a quantity could identify the preferred direction of evolution or adaptation of the sensorimotor loop of organisms.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere4018
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume3
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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