Volume 9 · Number 1 · Pages 105–107
Designing for Emergent Ultrastable Behaviour in Complex Artificial Systems – The Quest for Minimizing Heteronomous Constraints

Robert Lowe

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Open peer commentary on the article “Homeostats for the 21st Century? Simulating Ashby Simulating the Brain” by Stefano Franchi. Upshot: The target article has addressed core concepts of Ashby’s generalized homeostasis thesis as well as its relevance to building complex artificial systems. In this commentary, I discuss Ashby-inspired approaches to designing for ultrastable behaviour in robots and the extent to which complex adaptive behaviour can be underdetermined by heteronomous constraints.


Lowe R. (2013) Designing for emergent ultrastable behaviour in complex artificial systems – the quest for minimizing heteronomous constraints. Constructivist Foundations 9(1): 105–107. http://constructivist.info/9/1/105

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