Balancing and Compensating Equilibrium Deficits in Beings Provided with Cognitive Processing Capabilities

  • Gianfranco Minati
  • Alberto Ricciuti

Abstract

This paper refers to Cognitive Science (Benjafield, 1992) and Systems Theory (Minati, 1998b). The general topic is the ability for a system to use in different ways resources, totally or partially, non or no more available as expected by the system (for instance the ability to move, which is to walk for people having good availability of natural resources presumed to be used for that purpose and to use different resources in total or partial substitution of the unavailable ones. Related systemic topics in other domains as control and signal theory, cybernetic devices, computer science, dynamics, etc., where the subjects of balancing and compensating (introduced below) are of great interest, are not subjects of this contribution even if some common meaning and analogies may be identified. The focus in on the information processing capabilities of the system to manage processes of balancing and compensating. Focus is on living systems supposed, at certain levels of complexity, provided with cognitive system, acting with cognitive models, cognitive resources and cognitive architectures. Systems provided with simulated Cognitive Systems may also be of great interest such as in robotics when some physical damages occur and they may be dealt with by processes of balancing and compensating.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gianfranco Minati
    • 1
  • Alberto Ricciuti
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.AIRS - Associazione Italiana per le Ricerca sui SistemiItaly
  2. 2.Attivecomeprima - Onlus (Breast cancer Association)MilanoItaly

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