Pleasure, Persistence and Opportunism in Action Selection

TitlePleasure, Persistence and Opportunism in Action Selection
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsLewis, M., Hiolle A., & Cañamero L.
Name of ProceedingsProc. 14th Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE 2014)
PublisherMIT Press
Conference LocationNew York, NY
ISBN Number978-0-262-32621-6

An autonomous robot must show appropriate levels of persistence and opportunism to survive. We address this problem by using a mechanism akin to pleasure that modulates exteroception as a function of need satisfaction, rather than based on
internal deficits and external threats as in previous work. The different context in which the modulating hormone is released has important consequences on persistence and opportunism.