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Open peer commentary on the article “Plasticity, Granularity and Multiple Contingency - Essentials for Conceiving an Artificial Constructivist Agent” by Manfred Füllsack. Upshot: Füllsack presents the thought-provoking concept of a minimally artificial constructivist agent - the MACA. The MACA, unlike most agents, is not pre-programmed to respond to the world but is rather programmed to emergently develop predispositions through the evolution of an Artificial Neural Net. Füllsack posits three criteria for the MACA, including a minimum level of plasticity. Contrasting the models presented in the article with some of my own work, I raise two questions, particular to multi-level agent-based modeling, about how to interpret Füllsack’s concept of minimal level of plasticity.
Hjorth A. (2018) Plasticity within and across multiple levels. Constructivist Foundations 13(2): 296–298. http://constructivist.info/13/2/296
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