Friday, February 18, 2011

Weiskopf on Cognitive Systems 2

The criterion is this: the boundaries of a cognitive system are given by the location of its transducers and its effectors. A transducer, in Pylyshyn’s terms (pp. 151-178) is a device that (1) maps inputs described in physical terms into outputs described in representational terms in a way that is (2) interrupt-driven and (3) primitive and nonsymbolic. (Weiskopf, 2010)
 So, a being without sense organs that mentally computes a sequence of Fibonacci numbers would not be a cognitive agent?

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