Social behaviour as an emergent property of embodied curiosity: a robotics perspective

Goren Gordon
2019 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences  
Social interaction is an extremely complex yet vital component in daily life. We present a bottom-up approach for the emergence of social behaviours from the interaction of the curiosity drive, i.e. the intrinsic motivation to learn as much as possible, and the embedding environment of an agent. Implementing artificial curiosity algorithms in robots that explore human-like environments results in the emergence of a hierarchical structure of learning and behaviour. This structure resembles the
more » ... quential emergence of behavioural patterns in human babies, culminating in social behaviours, such as face detection, tracking and attention-grabbing facial expressions. These results suggest that an embodied curiosity drive may be the progenitor of many social behaviours if satiated by a social environment. This article is part of the theme issue 'From social brains to social robots: applying neurocognitive insights to human-robot interaction'.
doi:10.1098/rstb.2018.0029 pmid:30853006 pmcid:PMC6452242 fatcat:xhxhynwlqrdkpdzqb7gbi773yy