Intrinsic motivations and open-ended development in animals, humans and robots | Neurorobotics | Agile Learning |

From:  Frontiers in Neurorobotics and Frontiers in Cognitive Science is sharing~ state-of-the-art research ... driven by intrinsic motivations.

  • How do motivations drive learning?
  • How are complex skills built up from a foundation of simpler competencies?
  • What are the neural and computational bases for intrinsically motivated learning?
  • What is the contribution of intrinsic motivations to wider cognition? 

Autonomous development and lifelong open-ended learning are hallmarks of intelligence.

Higher mammals, and especially humans, engage in activities that do not appear to directly serve the goals of survival, reproduction, or material advantage.   Rather, a large part of their activity is intrinsically motivated - behavior driven by curiosity, play, interest in novel stimuli and surprising events, autonomous goal-setting, and the pleasure of acquiring new competencies.

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