Autonomous Cognitive Systems in Real-World Environments: Less Control, More Flexibility and Better Interaction
- First Online:
- 178 Downloads
In October 2011, the “2nd European Network for Cognitive Systems, Robotics and Interaction”, EUCogII, held its meeting in Groningen on “Autonomous activity in real-world environments”, organized by Tjeerd Andringa and myself. This is a brief personal report on why we thought autonomy in real-world environments is central for cognitive systems research and what I think I learned about it. The theses that crystallized are that (a) autonomy is a relative property and a matter of degree, (b) increasing autonomy of an artificial system from its makers and users is a necessary feature of increasingly intelligent systems that can deal with the real world and (c) more such autonomy means less control but at the same time improved interaction with the system.
KeywordsCognitive system Autonomy Flexibility Human–computer interaction HCI
- 1.Andringa T, Müller VC. 10–11 October 2011—Fifth EUCogII Members Conference, Groningen, “Autonomous activity in real-world environments”. Available from: http://www.eucognition.org/index.php?page=fifth-conference-general-info.
- 3.Miłkowski M. Explaining the computational mind. Cambridge: MIT Press (forthcoming).Google Scholar
- 4.Sheridan TB. Humans and automation: system design and research issues. New York: Wiley; 2002.Google Scholar
- 5.Frankfurt H. Freedom of the will and the concept of a person. J Philos 1971;LXVIII(1):5–20.Google Scholar
- 6.Cockburn-Price S, Müller VC. Robots seek role in reactors: artificial cognitive systems will soon be able to play a greater role in dealing with problems such as Fukushima. Professional Engineering 24/5, 04.05.2011. Available from: http://profeng.com/news/robots-seek-role-in-reactors_1083.
- 7.Müller VC. Interaction and resistance: the recognition of intentions in new human–computer interaction. In: Esposito A, Esposito AM, Martone R, Müller VC, Scarpetta G, editors. Towards autonomous, adaptive, and context-aware multimodal interfaces: theoretical and practical issues. Berlin: Springer; 2011. p. 1–7.CrossRefGoogle Scholar