Loop Behaviour & Representations

Brenda Laurel
Computers as Theatre – Second Edition

Representation as triggers for action (one senses the ghost of ideology critique) …

[Page 212]

Rob Tow says that the defining characteristic of an “entity” is that it demonstrates a “perception-representation-action” (PRA) loop in its behavior. It can perceive its environment, it can construct an internal representation of its perception, and it performs actions based upon that representation. Those actions are in turn perceived within its environment, forming the loop.

[Page 213]

Consciousness of what one perceives or conscious decision making to take action are not necessary elements of what Rob calls “representation”; this part of the loop requires only that perception be transformed into triggers for action.

… a materialist basis for a theory of mind.

And so for day 3155

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