The University of Sussex

A no-strings representation theory for adaptive researchers

Chris Thornton

Opinion is still divided over the role that internal world models can play in autonomous behaviour. Researchers who dispute the necessity of such models often have a restricted view of how they are constituted and may associate the whole enterprise of modelling with the dubious practices of GOFAI. However, this paper pursues Roitblat's approach [Roitblat, 1994] in developing a more general and less assumption-laden interpretation of what `representationalism' really means. It presents a no-strings theory of representation which shows why we should expect autonomous agents to use internal models, and what these models will look like.


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