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Causality Reconstruction by an Autonomous Agent


Most AI algorithms consider input data as "percepts" that the agent receives from the environment. Constructivist epistemology, however, suggests an alternative approach that considers the algorithm's input data as feedback resulting from the agent's actions. This paper introduces a constructivist algorithm to let an agent learn regularities of actions and feedback. The agent organizes its behaviors to fulfill a form of intentionality defined independently of a specific task. The experiment shows that this algorithm constructs a Petri net whose nodes represent hypothetical stable states afforded by the agent/environment coupling, and arcs represent transitions between such states. Since this Petri net allows the algorithm to predict the consequences of the agent's actions, we argue that it constitutes a rudimentary causal model of the "world" (agent+environment) learned by the agent through experience of interaction. This work opens the way to studying how an autonomous agent car learn more complex causal models of more complex worlds, in particular by explaining regularities of interaction through the presence of objects in the agent's surrounding space.
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hal-01866197 , version 1 (03-09-2018)



Jianyong Xue, Olivier L. Georgeon, Mathieu Guillermin. Causality Reconstruction by an Autonomous Agent. International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, Aug 2018, Prague, Czech Republic. pp.347-354, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-99316-4_46⟩. ⟨hal-01866197⟩
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