Cornudella, M., Van Eecke, P. and van Trijp, R. How Intrinsic Motivation can Speed Up Language Emergence. In Andrews, Paul and Caves, Leo and Doursat, René and Hickinbotham, Simon and Polack, Fiona and Stepney, Susan and Taylor, Tim , editor, Proceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Life 2015, pages 571-578, Cambridge MA, 2015 MIT Press.

Sony CSL authors: Miquel Cornudella, Paul Van Eecke, Remi van Trijp

Abstract

Natural languages enable humans to engage in highly complex social and conversational interactions with each other. Alife approaches to the origins and emergence of language typically manage this complexity by carefully staging the learning paths that embodied artificial agents need to follow in order to bootstrap their own communication system from scratch. This paper investigates how these scaffolds introduced by the experimenter can be removed by allowing agents to autonomously set their own challenges when they are driven by intrinsic motivation and have the capacity to self-assess their own skills at achieving their communicative goals. The results suggest that intrinsic motivation not only allows agents to spontaneously develop their own learning paths, but also that they are able to make faster transitions from one learning phase to the next.

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@INPROCEEDINGS { miquelcorn:15a, ADDRESS="Cambridge MA", AUTHOR="Cornudella, M. and Van Eecke, P. and van Trijp, R.", BOOKTITLE="Proceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Life 2015", EDITOR="Andrews, Paul and Caves, Leo and Doursat, Ren\'{e} and Hickinbotham, Simon and Polack, Fiona and Stepney, Susan and Taylor, Tim ", PAGES="571--578", PUBLISHER="MIT Press", TITLE="How Intrinsic Motivation can Speed Up Language Emergence", YEAR="2015", }