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Floridi’s Informational Structural Realist Basis for Infocomputational Modeling of Cognizing Agents
Abstract. Informational Structural Realism, ISR (Floridi 2008) describes the reality as a complex informational structure for an epistemic agent interacting with the universe by the exchange of data as constraining affordances. In conjunction with Naturalist Computationalism - the view that the dynamics of the nature can be understood as computation - Floridi’s Informational Structural Realism presents a basis for constructing of the unified framework of Infocomputationalism. In this framework the fundamental mechanism of all natural computation is morphological computation, expressed as a process of information self-organization, with information structure understood in the sense of Floridi’s ISR. Recently, in robotics, morphological computing has been used for decentralized embodied control of robots. In this paper we describe how appropriate body morphology saves information processing (computation) resources as well as enables learning through self-structuring of information in an epistemic, cognizing agent.