Mental Development Repository

This website was created in October, 2000 as a source of information for researchers in the fields of machine intelligence, neural science, psychology, and robotics to promote advances in Computational Autonomous Mental Development (CAMD).

  • Computational Autonomous Mental Development (CAMD) refers to the computational process by which a brain-like machine, natural or artificial, autonomously develops mental skills.

  • Under the guidance of a developmental program and through its sensors and effectors, this brain-like machine autonomously learns through interactions with the outside world and its own body.

  • The developmental program is innate or inherent. It resides in the genes for natural agents and is designed in for artificial agents. Developmental learning is not from tabula rasa.

  • Embodiment for mental development is necessary to interact with the physical world, through sensors and effectors, for both natural and artificial agents.

  • The term "mental" refers to the cognitive, behavioral, and other mental skills exhibited by humans, higher animals and artificially "intelligent" systems.