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Introduction to the embodied paradigm

The main message that we want to convey in Lesson 1 is:

Do not consider the agent's input data as the agent's perception of its environment.

The agent is not a passive observer of reality, but rather constructs a perception of reality through active interaction. The term embodied means that the agent must be a part of reality for this active interaction to happen.

Those of you who have a background in cognitive science or psychology are probably already familiar with this idea theoretically. In Lesson 1, however, we wish to introduce how this idea translates into the practical design of artificial agents and robots.

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