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Embodied Communication in Humans and
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Ipke Wachsmuth, Manuela Lenzen, and Günther Knoblich

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231751

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231751.001.0001

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Some boundary conditions on embodied agents sharing a common world

Some boundary conditions on embodied agents sharing a common world

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Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines

John Barresi

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates some boundary conditions on embodied communication and its role in social life. It begins with the notion of intentional relations where embodied agents have personal worlds that are constructed through the agent's purposive relations with other objects in its environment. ‘Common worlds’ between agents emerge when their personal worlds overlap or interact. These principles are applied to a number of findings from research on evolution and child development. The chapter also considers some of the implications of these principles in the development of social robotics. The proposed thought experiment involving a robot community called ‘The Cyberiad’ attempts to develop a common language that captures basic principles of social life.

Keywords:   boundary conditions, embodied communication, intentional relations, embodied agents, common worlds, robotics, The Cyberiad

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