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Intrinsically motivated machines

Frederic Kaplan 1 Pierre-Yves Oudeyer 2
2 Flowers - Flowing Epigenetic Robots and Systems
Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest, U2IS - Unité d'Informatique et d'Ingénierie des Systèmes
Abstract : Children seem intrinsically motivated to manipulate, to ex- plore, to test, to learn and they look for activities and situations that provide such learning opportunities. Inspired by research in developmental psychology and neuroscience, some researchers have started to address the problem of designing intrinsic motivation systems. A robot controlled by such systems is able to autonomously explore its environment not to fulfil predefined tasks but driven by an incentive to search for situations where learning happens efficiently. In this paper, we present the ori- gins of these intrinsically motivated machines, our own research in this novel field and we argue that intrinsic motivation might be a crucial step towards machines capable of life-long learning and open-ended development.
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Frederic Kaplan, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer. Intrinsically motivated machines. Lungarella, M.; Iida, F.; Bongard, J.; Pfeifer, R. 50 Years of AI, Lungarella, M.; Iida, F.; Bongard, J.; Pfeifer, R., pp.n/a, 2008. ⟨inria-00420223⟩

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