Mike Anderson1 has given us a thoughtful and useful field guide: Not in the genre of a bird-watcher’s guide which is carried in the field and which contains detailed descriptions of possible sightings, but in the sense of a guide to a field (in this case embodied cognition) which aims to identify that field’s general principles and properties. I’d like to make some comments that will hopefully complement Anderson’s work, highlighting points of agreement and disagreement between his view of the field and my own, and acting as a devil’s advocate in places where further discussion seems to be required. Given the venue for this guide, we can safely restrict the discussion to embodied artificial intelligence (EAI), even if such work draws on notions of embodied cognition from the fields of philosophy, psychology and linguistics. In particular, I’ll restrict my discussion to the impact that embodiment can have on the task of creating artificial intelligent agents, either as technological ends in themselves, or as means to understanding natural intelligent systems, or both.
Chrisley, R. (2003). Embodied artificial intelligence. Artificial Intelligence, 149(1), 131–150. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0004-3702(03)00055-9