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PLoS One. 2008;3(12):e4018. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0004018. Epub 2008 Dec 24.

Keep your options open: an information-based driving principle for sensorimotor systems.

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Adaptive Systems Research Group, School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

Abstract

The central resource processed by the sensorimotor system of an organism is information. We propose an information-based quantity that allows one to characterize the efficiency of the perception-action loop of an abstract organism model. It measures the potential of the organism to imprint information on the environment via its actuators in a way that can be recaptured by its sensors, essentially quantifying the options available and visible to the organism. Various scenarios suggest that such a quantity could identify the preferred direction of evolution or adaptation of the sensorimotor loop of organisms.

PMID:
19107219
PMCID:
PMC2607028
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0004018
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