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Chrystopher L. Nehaniv, Naeem Assif Mirza, and Lars Olsson, "Development via Information Self-structuring of Sensorimotor Experience and Interaction," in Max Lungarella, Fumiya Iida, Josh Bongard, Rolf Pfiefer, eds., 50 Years of Artificial Intelligence, Springer, 2007

SONY AIBO IN STRIPED ENVIRONMENT DEVELOPS IMPOVERISHED DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN SENSORS, BUT FURTHER DEVELOPMENT MAY ALLOW DISTINCTIONS TO UNFOLD

Top left: Sensory organization of the vision sensors (pixels in the visual field) developed in impoverished environment reflects only similar sensory experience of visual receptors from the same columns.

Top right: Sensory organization of vision sensors after moving to richer visual environment reflects their topographical layout.

Bottom: Cortex-like "Aibunculus" sensorimotor organization—analogous to the somatosensory "homuncular" cortical maps—recovered based on self-structuring during agent-environment interaction using information distance, discovering visual field (numbered sensors, clustered "retinotopically" and arrayed to the right) and left-right bilateral body symmetry along an anterior-posterior axis.