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The implications of embodiment for cognitive theories

Erich Prem

This paper discusses epistemological aspects of the new field of embodied Artificial Intelligence and its consequences for the study of cognition. It is argued that the new emphasis on bodily phenomena fundamentally changes the nature of cognitive theories and the way these theories are formed. This result is based on an analysis of conventional Cognitive Science methodology as it has been succinctly described by Herbert Simon. It is argued that the inherently dynamic and physical nature of embodied AI can serve to correct oversimplifying assumptions of Cognitive Science methodology.

Keywords: Epistemology, Embodied AI, Methodology, Critique

Citation: Prem E.: The implications of embodiment for cognitive theories, TR-97-11, Oesterreichisches Forschungsinstitut fuer Artificial Intelligence, Wien, Austria, 1997.