Section: New Results
Stable kernels and fluid body envelopes
This work is mainly philosophical and consists in studying how work in developmental robotics can foster a shift in the conceptions of the self, of the body, and of individuation. Recent advances in robotics lead us to consider, on the one hand, the notion of a kernel, a set of stable algorithms that drive developmental dynamics and, on the other hand, variable body envelopes that change over time. This division reverses the classic notion of a fixed body on which different software can be applied to consider a fixed software that can be applied to different kinds of embodiment. Thus, it becomes possible to study how a particular embodiment shapes developmental trajectories in specific ways. It also leads us to a novel view of the development of skills, from sensorimotor dexterity to abstract thought, based on the notion of a fluid body in continuous redefinition. This work was published in   .