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DYNAMIC AGENCIES AND CREATIVE SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY Francesco Amigoni; Viola Schiaffonati; Marco Somalvico
 

Summary: DYNAMIC AGENCIES AND CREATIVE SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY
Francesco Amigoni; Viola Schiaffonati; Marco Somalvico
Politecnico di Milano Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Project
Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione; Politecnico di Milano
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32; I-20133 Milano (MI); Italy
amigoni@elet.polimi.it; schiaffo@airlab.elet.polimi.it; somalvic@elet.polimi.it
Abstract
Among the traditional two approaches to scientific discovery, which assume that scientific discovery is a totally rational
or a totally irrational activity, we adopt a third intermediate approach that envisages a bipolar scientific discovery in
which man and machine are synergically involved. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the mutual interaction be-
tween two interesting roles that machine plays in bipolar scientific discovery. In particular, we propose a novel machine
of distributed artificial intelligence, called dynamic agency, as suitable to address the double role of supporting man
and of describing the results of scientific discovery.
1 Introduction
There are two traditional opposite epistemological ap-
proaches to scientific discovery: the first one assumes
that scientific discovery is an activity exclusively per-
formed by man, the second one assumes that scientific
discovery can be entirely performed by a machine.
We adopt a third intermediate approach that as-

  

Source: Amigoni, Francesco - Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences