Principles for agent design is a hot research topic providing precious raw material for applied uses. This article in progress is a place to collect principles and associated mindsets, compare and organize them into a workable catalog, and report on results for any of these principles.

Ad-hoc set of principles

Homeostasis (Cannon), Principle of adequate design (Rashevsky), Anticipation (Rosen), Ratiomorphous decomposition (Lorenz, 1973), Homeokinesis (Der), Empowerment (Klyubin et al), Autopoeisis (Maturana & Varela), …

Ad-hoc set of approaches

Ad-hoc set of known approaches   Year   Attribution
Design for a brain, ultrastability   1952   Ashby
Autopoeisis   1972   Maturana & Varela
Adequate locomotion strategies, brain equation   1974   Rössler
Embodied agent design principles   2006   Pfeifer & Bongard
Self-organization of behaviour   1999   Der
    2008   Klyubin, Polani & Nehaniv
Predictive brain   2006/2010   Friston, Clark
         

Embodied agent design principles

From the book “How the body shapes the way we think” by Pfeifer & Bongard, 2006.

    Design principle   Description
P1   Three constituents   Ecologial niche, behaviours and tasks, agent design
         
P2   Complete agent   The complete agent behaving in the real world
         
P3   Cheap design   Outsource as much as possible to environment
         
P4   Redundancy   Verteilte physikalisches Substrat, teilweise
        Überlappung in Funktion
        P+: No single cause, no single effect
         
P5   Sensorimotor   Use motors to produce sensory stimulation,
    coordination   P+: Closed-loop, Predictive processing
         
P6   Ecological balance   1) Complexity match task-environment / sensori-motor
        2) Uniform task distribution over morphology,
        material, control, environment
        P+: Adequate design
         
P7   Parallel, loosely   Large number of concurrent async processes
    coupled processes   P+: Population coding, Ensembles
         
P8   Value   Fundamental value definition - good / bad
         

smp agent and pile theory

Coming [WIP]

notes: auto: meme:

Two versions of the same stack of items, sorted in bracing order

     
dynatropic   motion towards option
autoplastic   subject to change by itself
autohedonistic   subject to its own value
autonomic   subject to its own rules
autotelic   subject to its own goals
autochronic   subject to its own timing
autogenerative   subject to its own making
autopoetic   subject to its own storytelling
ecologic   subject to its own limits and difference towards the other

and sorted in category contiguous blocks

     
autohedonistic   subject to its own value
autonomic   subject to its own rules
autotelic   subject to its own goals
autochronic   subject to its own timing
autogenerative   subject to its own making
autopoetic   subject to its own storytelling
autometaplastic   subject to its own change by itself
dynatropic   motion towards option
ecologic   limitation as resource

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