Cognitive Processing

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 245–267

Artificial consciousness, artificial emotions, and autonomous robots

Research Report


Nowadays for robots, the notion of behavior is reduced to a simple factual concept at the level of the movements. On another hand, consciousness is a very cultural concept, founding the main property of human beings, according to themselves. We propose to develop a computable transposition of the consciousness concepts into artificial brains, able to express emotions and consciousness facts. The production of such artificial brains allows the intentional and really adaptive behavior for the autonomous robots. Such a system managing the robot’s behavior will be made of two parts: the first one computes and generates, in a constructivist manner, a representation for the robot moving in its environment, and using symbols and concepts. The other part achieves the representation of the previous one using morphologies in a dynamic geometrical way. The robot’s body will be seen for itself as the morphologic apprehension of its material substrata. The model goes strictly by the notion of massive multi-agent’s organizations with a morphologic control.


Artificial consciousness Intentionality Representation Organizational memory Artificial emotions Embodiment Multi-agent systems Morphology 

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© Marta Olivetti Belardinelli and Springer-Verlag 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LIP6, Laboratoire d’informatique de Paris VI Paris Cedex 05France

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