Autonomy and Desire in Machines and Cognitive Agent Systems

Magill, Kevin and Erden, Yasemin J. (2012) Autonomy and Desire in Machines and Cognitive Agent Systems. Cognitive Computation, 4 (3). pp. 354-364. ISSN 1866-9956

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The development of cognitive agent systems relies on theories of agency, within which the concept of desire is key. Indeed, in the quest to develop increasingly autonomous cognitive agent systems, desire has had a significant role. We argue, however, that insufficient attention has been given to analysis and clarification of desire as a complex concept. Accordingly, in this paper, we will draw on some key philosophical accounts of the nature of desire, including what distinguishes it from other mental and motivational states, in order to identify some key characteristics of desire as a complex concept. We will then draw on these in order to investigate the role, definition and adequacy of concepts of desire within applied theoretical models of agency and agent systems.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 153 Mental processes & intelligence
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2013 13:09
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2013 12:30


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